Big change (improvement?) of sound by changing set-up
So I finally made up my mind to remove my friction pegs and switch to Wittner finetuning pegs. I also removed both my A and E (hill style) fine tuners. They were very light titanium ones.
I changed my rosewood tailpiece and chinrest, both to ebony.
Now it is vibrating very freely. Even by pizzicato, the note sustained much longer and the whole body and even the neck resonate. It is slightly louder. What changed the most is the overtone. I think the sound is much richer now. However, I think a tinny metal sound is mixed in. It's an improvement afterall.
I wish that it's clearly an improvement after the strings settle!
So the tinny sound is from your new strings. So that will go away pretty soon. So there.
Not usually, no. I think you're just getting the true high overtone series of your violin now. The biggest change probably is removing the fine tuners and changing your tailpiece.
Yes... it's so sensitive, loud and unforgiving now...
I find that a better instrument does reveal the flaws in one’s playing more. But that’s a good thing!
If you find that the tinny sound remains after a couple days of playing, you might take it to your luthier for a sound post adjustment. Also, check the afterlength to see how much it’s changed since you removed the tuners. If it’s no longer at the right length, adjusting that may iron out some kinks as well.
Also it's possible you didn't install your tailpiece properly, or when you were doing that work something came loose -- a rib seam or something.
Back then, my violin was very responsive and easier to play in tune.
1. Soundpost adjustment can help or hurt. Some instruments are very sensitive to exact SP placement, but some are not.
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