Today , after wrestling with horrible sound for days , I decided to take a crack at soundpost adjustments. I fashioned a tool from an old coat hanger, and began prodding. Moments later you could hear my soundpost rattling away inside of our soundbox.
In desperation I took another stab at it and impaled the post on a bit of bent up coat hanger with a point on it . I managed to set the soundpost back into position. After playing , I discovered I had done no harm, but had made no improvements either. SO ! I went back in for another round. This time I move the post a matter of millimeters to the position I felt like would be "about" right. Played a bit , and voila , I had the sound I was looking for.
A very valuable lesson was learned for me today. Be willing to push the boundaries , as long as you are prepared to accept the consequences. Never attempt the act , if it cannot rather simply be undone by a qualified technician. I also experiemented with bridge placement ( fairly simple) to see the changes in tonality , and it seemed to work well together.
So what would you be willing to do to help your instrument if no other option was available to you to get the work done ?
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