I've recently been down about the way my violin sounds. So much so that I have been practising my viola exclusively.
The problem is its not as full and projecting as I would like it to be. Is this somethiing a luthier could help with? Or do I go out and get a new instrument?
In advance, I bought it from eBsy for £500. I was happy with it when I came. Just in the last month or 2 I've been growing increasingly displeased.
Thanks muchly in advance for your help!
His it changed, or is it you?
Did it once sound good?
As I say, it sounded okay to my ears when I bought it just over a year ago. Was loud and sounded a lot better than my previous violin. Its still loud, just doesn't sound as good. Last time I changed my strings was ages ago. I have some, just not put them on yet
If you were happy with the sound when you bought this instrument then it could be a case of just having tired strings that need to be replaced. I think it is a good idea to have your violin looked at at least once a year by a competent luthier. A few open seams which you might not have noticed can drastically affect the sound.
Change. Your. Strings.
A common issue with violins is that the bridge tends to slant (forward) over time. See if it's done so and tilt it back gently (loosening the strings) if so, and check that it doesn't slant forward (too much) when tightening the strings. This is a routine adjustment that would be done during service / string changes / etc., and can make a significant difference to the sound.
Take it to your luthier. Let him/her help you diagnose the problem. As you can see, there are a number of possibilities, and we can only guess.
Any violin, no matter how expensive, will sound great when first tuned up to tension. Then, over a period of a week or so, the resonance and response can diminish. I have experienced this countless times when either trying new violins or receiving a violin back from the shop. This is why one must try a violin for at least a week before purchase.
How about a video?
Another factor that I had been overlooking pertaining to violin sound is
Jake, sorry to break this news to you, but you may be preferring playing the viola because at heart you ARE a violist!
I have no issue being a violist aha
Embrace the Viola Jake.