Hello! Some of you have read and commented on my previuos posts about my ongoing struggle with my violin.
It has or had this problem that the G and D strings will suddenly stop vibrating at any note, and it would happen not only when you change the bow but it could happen in the middle of a stroke, making the violin almost unplayable.
For 2 years we tried changing sound posts, changing bridges, trying different strings, different bows, chin rests, tailpiece, opening up the violin to see if something was wrong inside and so on with no luck. We decided to "take away" some wood from the top plate, as our last resort. He used magnets, with sand paper so he didn't open up the violin, he just sanded a bit on "random" spots, and it probably didn't take away almost anything at all but it changed the sound of my violin! It became "tinny" not as full and round as it used to be, and the worst thing of all the sound distorted heavily!
I broke down and felt like my life was over!
The next day he made a new bridge and i think changed the afterlenght of the strings, and it stabilized a bit. But the sound was still breaking and screaching. I took it back and he altered the bridge until all distortion went away. The violin lost a lot of volume and body, it was discouraging to find that my violin completely drowned in the string quartet rehearsal.
Yesterday i tried putting my old bridge back and the volume increased but it started distorting. What happened to my violin? I feel like giving up! For 2 years i have been so distracted by all this that i can't practice, i'm constantly worrying and being frustrated.. Getting my hopes up and then crashing again. The worst thing now is that i have loved this violin very much thinking it was a very good, but now i just feel like i have paid money that i don't have for a really bad violin.. I don't like it anymore, and i have lost faith in the maker. I don't want to take it back and have him making it worse again, and i don't have any money to take it to someone else. The maker doesn't have a violin that i like, so that i could trade it in, and he doesn't have the money to buy it back. I'm stuck with this violin, and it's slowly killing me :.(
Does anyone have a clue why the sound would deteriorate by sanding the top plate? It's been over 2 weeks and the violin is still in playing condition, and that has not happened for a very long time, so i'm hoping that the string respons will be permanent now. But i have had my hopes crashed too many times before. Thanks for reading!
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