My Violin doesn't sound right
I bought a violin about two years ago from a local luthier. At the time of purchase, the violin had a gorgeous deep, rich sound.
Recently my violin has started sounding off. The best way I can describe it is it sounds like a tin can. All the strings sound muffled and cold, which they definitely didn't before when I bought it. It's almost like my violin isn't able to open up/warm up.
It's so bad that when I'm playing I have to put an ear plug in my left ear. If I don't the cold, hollow sound irks me. It sounds awful.
I took my violin to my luthier (I usually do a little check up for it whenever the weather drastically changes, which is usually every six months) and got new strings put on. I asked if I could have Evah Pirazzis, but he recommended vision solos and an obbligato gold E. I also asked if my sound post should be moved but he seemed kind of uncomfortable by the question (almost like he didn't know how to move it) and didn't do it.
This was the first time I asked to have my soundpost moved.
Do you think it's a soundpost problem? If not, what do you think it is?
Should I find a new luthier? Am I being silly?
Can you recommend a better string for a violin with a deep tone? The vision solos sound terrible on my violin.
I'm sure these questions are no brainers to many musicians on here. I'm just a beginner on the violin, but I bought a relatively nice violin and would just like it to sound the way it used to.
I'm sorry for any mistakes in this post. My auto correct was going crazy while writing this.
Perhaps your bridge has wandered around? It happens, and can do weird things to the sound.
When you get new strings sometimes your violin will sound like a tin can for a short time, but after a few days that should go away completely.
You did not mention if your violin was new at the time of purchase. Also, if it was made by the same luthier, or he just sold you a violin. Sound post on a new violin is intentionally made s a bit shorter, to allow the plates to settle. Typically after 6-8 months, the sound will change and that is the time to get the sound post replaced by a permanent one. On some violins, plates take longer to settle and a new sound post is needed until the process is done.
Ah, yes. "Why does this sound like garbage?".
I once encounter a similar problem and got fixed by a soundpost adjustment. My luthier hit it away from the bridge and the ring came back again. It depends.
Hi Kenna, you could take your instrument to another luthier to check its setup. Some guys are much better than others at determining what to do that might make for the best sound. Your Vision strings are as good as any others so I would use them till they get tired and then if you want Evahs ask again for them but if he is unwilling to then order them online amd install them yourself. Trying differeent strings is a fun lifetime pursuit! Your choice of an E string can subtly impact the lower strings.
I have been told that the sound post on a new instrument will need to be replaced within the first year. It is a bit off-putting that your luthier refused to check your sound post! I hope there is someone else in town or nearby who is competent to work on your instrument. Where are you located? Someone here may be able to recommend a luthier to you. Best of luck!
I find it interesting how some luthiers avoid soundpost adjustment. It's one of the least invasive ways for sound adjustment.
A luthier may not necessarily be the best person for doing repairwork or setup, it probably depends on the person. If I was going to someone that was uncomfortable with moving the soundpost (and not because this person really thought that the problem was coming from elsewhere) then I might look around for someone that does a lot of set-up work.
First off, I would try to get good a good violinist (or two) to try it out and see if they think the sound is as you describe... to make sure it's real.
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