Violin A string choking

May 28, 2021, 6:51 AM · I recently got new violin
But the A string sounds like it choking
I have tried 5 different A strings still the same also got new sound post put in also I tried changing tail pice from ebony to boxwood but that made it worse I tried putting on a fine tuner on the A string improved a little bit but still choking has any one come across this

Replies (8)

May 28, 2021, 7:30 AM · The person who installed your sound post should have another look-see and give you advice from there. Maybe a different string will help, maybe some adjustments to sound-post or bridge are necessary.

What's the violin?

May 28, 2021, 8:38 AM · A "new" soundpost or soundest adjusted? Did it sound that way from the beginning?
May 28, 2021, 8:53 AM · Some violins can sound "choked" with strings of too high tension. Also balancing the tension of all the strings might help.

I would start with a set of low-tension strings.

May 28, 2021, 9:19 AM · It could still be a soundpost issue if the post isn’t in the best spot or if it’s too tight. Have the string grooves at the bridge and nut checked as well, as a groove that’s not working well can choke a string.
May 28, 2021, 10:02 AM · @Pauldeck it's a stentor Arcadia
Thanks to everyone for advice
I'll have bring back to luthier get post checked again as well as bridge and nut
May 28, 2021, 11:27 AM · Headline was suggesting a thread on The Godfather-- glad we haven't yet gone down that route.
May 28, 2021, 11:34 AM · What Andrew said. If the setup is correct and the A string is choking, try a lower tension set of strings.
May 28, 2021, 2:58 PM · Could be any number of things including the instrument itself. Was it like that when you bought it or did it change? Did you get from a dealer? The best and easiest thing might be to exchange it for an instrument that sounds good straight away.

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