Experimenting on my viola I can see how changing set up of just about everything can change the sound quite a bit ie bridge marterial, tailpiece material and afterlength, soundpost position etc etc. This all takes quite a long time to adjust then check the sound (rinse and repeat lol). And alot of it seems to be personal preference.
So my question is how does a Stradivari virtuoso do this? Do they spend days with a luthier until they get exactly the sound they want?
I guess Stradivari luthiers have nerves of steel. Its stressful enough just working on mine.
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