This thread is now closed : Soundpost setting tips, tricks or techniques??
This subject seems very important. May I ask :
Do you plan a Sound Post Setting on your Violin ?
Do you do it by trial (and error) ?
The advice is : “ Go to a Luthier who will do this job ! “
If you are on an Island and cannot get hold of a Luthier, you may decide to move the Sound Post yourself. BEWARE : The risk of wrecking your Violin is always there, unless you are techie enough to know what you are doing.
By now, I have moved the SP about 80 times, and feel at ease. I initially bought 2 Sound Post Setters from the USA :
1. One with a sharp end and a 5 notch like a star on the other end. This SP Setter seemed a bit difficult to handle by a Novice like me.
2. The VS – PRO 2 + “. It is equipped with a Clamp and a Guide at the top to help you locate where the SP is under the Top of your Violin. This SP Setter built my confidence.
After many trials and errors, I decided to “ Plan a Sound Post Setting”. I drew a 10 cm horizontal line on a sheet of paper. The line was sub-divided into 10 cm, each cm to represent 1 mm from right to left, from the bridge on my Violin.
I noted it as 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – 0. 0 fell under the bridge. 1 is a very approximate 1 mm from the bridge. 2 is the very approximate 2 mm from the bridge and so on.
a. I used my SP Setter VS – PRO 2 + “, clamped the SP and let the SP be held by this SP Setter.
b. I released tensions of strings A and E.
c. I moved the SP to a very approximate 1 mm from the bridge. The SP Setter yellow/green guide on top helps visually.
d. I tightened Strings A and E and fine tuned to the usual A440 Hz. I noted the sound. I decided in advance that VB will mean Very Bright, B will mean Bright, M will mean Mellow etc. This was very subjective according to my liking !
e. I repeated same action (a) and (b) and I moved the SP to the very approximate 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm respectively, and noting the sound with my codes on the sheet of paper.
f. I DID NOT lock the SP between the Top and Back, but let it loose enough so that the SP was held upright only the tensions of the A and E strings. Locking the SP too many times in this study, would surely effect a wear and tear of the wood.
g. By Planning a SP Setting, One should logically attain the right Sound Spot / Sweet Spot to One’s liking, only limited by the Quality of the Violin.
This was written by a Novice without a Luthier on an Island. Your Opinions and additional help will be much appreciated.
By the way, I wish to say hi to David and Lyndon !
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