December 2011

Use a metal tail gut.

December 2, 2011 13:25

Another tip I have included on my web site is this: To give your violin more power to its sound try exchanging its tail gut by replacing it with a silver or aluminum wire of the same diameter. This keeps the tail piece and tail gut from soaking up as many of the vibrations produced by the strings. This happens because the tail piece can move back and forth more when anchored by a flexible gut as compared to the rigid metal wire. This ability to move allows the tail piece to expend some of the energy generated by the strings when the strings are agitated by the bow. A metal tail gut makes the tail piece more rigid which keeps it from moving so much. This then directs the energy saved back into the bridge which in turn transmits it down into the sound box creating more sound. I explain how to make this exchange in more detail on my web site John Schneider

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