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I wanted to ask if a dull sounding 1/2 violin can be made to sound more open. The violin we bought is easy to play, plays equal across all strings, but sounds very dull/nasal. We changed the strings (D'Addario prelude) into Dominants (and as a side note, viola strings as my 6 year old daughter plays viola). Bridge ais Heller one star, according to our teacher it has a nice (carbon) tailpiece. We're quite certain that the luthier has made it himself, and apparantly his instruments are more towards the nasal sound.
But the question is, can you make a dull sounding instrument more open, or do you just buy another (better) one?
For who's interested in the full story:
Background: when we were in my wife's home town, we went to a luthier with a decent name - We contacted him in advance, we also contacted a local viola teacher. The luthier said he had a few instruments in stock.
Initially, the plan was to go together and buy one together with the teacher. Getting all parties together appeared to be difficult, so we went alone...
To discover that he had a nice stock of 3/4 violins (in the email, we talked about 1/2 violas), and had an old 3/4 case lying around for if we wanted to take one with us. He was not expecting us to search for a 1/2 violin. And thus, there was only one (made in 2015). Agreed with him that, if the teacher would not approve of it, we would return it and get our money back.
Teacher there (clearly less critical than the one in my home country - both in teaching as in instruments), found it nasally sounding, but in general didn't like the luthier. She didn't find the instrument bad but thought it to be too expensive for what it was. She prefers Chinese instruments that were improved by a luthier on the other side of the country. And cost half of what we paid.
Our home teacher is always more critical: lacquer could be better (agree with that), purfling is not good. We discovered (when changing the strings), that the builder switched the location on the notches on both sides. He noted that it could handle the dominants (apparently many of the 1/2 size don't like the dominant C), has nice pegs and a nice tail piece.
But then I wonder - is it possible (and economically viable) to turn a dull instrument in a more open sounding? Does anybody have any such experience?
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