My curiosity forces me to look for an answer to a strange behavior for my recently acquired violin (Eastman 305). I happened to also be doing "E" string tests when I bought the violin about 6 months ago.
The violin seemed OK and a few "E" strings were noticeably better than others but there was a glitch. The violin seemed to change a lot every few days and I figured that is to be expected for a new ( 6 mo. ) violin. This is very annoying however.
I decided to just let the violin set for a while and I played my electric just to stay active.
5 weeks pass and I try the acoustic again. TOTAL disaster. All strings sound like cat claws on a blackboard! This violin sounded reasonable 5 weeks ago?
This acoustic had an OLIV "E"during the storage period. The violin was kept in comfortable humidity/temp conditions.
With no idea about what is happening, I switched to a TONICA "E"and the whole instrument settled down.
I think that the bottom line here is the question "How long does it take for a new violin to reach a basically stable condition"? Is there any way to accelerate or improve the process?
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