Dead 4th Finger E?
I'm trying out a brand new Viviano Vitale (priced at $999) violin from ViolinShack (long story, but I basically emailed the guy during a contest to win one of these, and asked him where the wood is sourced from, how it plays, etc. because I'm a teacher looking for options for students blah blah blah... He answered and emailed again a few days later saying he'll ship it to me for free if I want to try it. Duh yeah I do! So here we are)
Anyway, I actually love it as a teaching violin, but I noticed the fourth finger E and Eb are sort of dead. Brand new instrument, brand new Dominant (yuck) strings that sound pretty decent, despite my distaste for them. Not sure what the E string is, but it's super responsive and warm.
Could this dead sounding fourth finger E/Eb be a soundpost issue? I was thinking of taking it to my luthier and having him check it out.
At least 2 of my new made luthiery violins were a little less responsive in that exact area, when new.
Just the Es? How do the f,g,a and b sing?
It was the sound post, just like I thought! It must have gotten jostled a bit during shipment.
I already put photo of it at least other two times here..... why not a third one? ....... :)
This is a pic i took right now with phone:
What a funny idea...
That looks like a very simple idea. The little piece of wood that rides in the slot, can you provide a description (a hand drawing would be great). Great for those of us who do not require any fine tuners.
It was invented by my luthier (amatorial) together with another luthier who tried to patent it, but for some reason he didn't succeed. I don't believe it's already patented, or at least i did not found any.
That's a really cool idea!! And your tailpiece is gorgeous!! What wood is it made from?
Black poplar and ebony.
You can get much the same result by shaving the thread off of strings, to raise the pitch of the afterlength. You could also add thread to lower pitch if necessary, but it is a nuisance. Better to shorten the tailgut to make a long afterlength and then adjust the strings with a knife or nail clipper.
My system, respectfully, is infinitely better.
I have to agree that Marco's approach seems more robust. I'm impressed with the simplicity. It's the kind of empirical makeshift widget that someone like Antonio Stradivari might have cooked up. I am thinking that the under-piece could also be a small steel flat-head screw. I don't have the tools for such detail work but I have a friend who would really relish this challenge. Actually the logical person to help with this kind of work would be a jeweler. But I'm thinking that the under-piece only serves to hold the bar in place until the string can be tightened, and then the string tension will not allow it to move. Is that correct?
The next time I have some pretty wood and a few spare hours, I'll make a tailpiece like yours. We shall see if it is as amazing as you say...
You can make your own tailpiece, Cotton. But you have to have it installed by a qualified luthier. LOL
Cotton, be the judge yourself, if you can build something similar and then properly tune it..... :)
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