Violin wolf note
Hi I have a violin that plays really well on the A and E string but problem is it has wolf notes on second A on g string A on the d string and open a string i had new sound post put in new strings new bridge still the same the violin is German around 1920s
If your violin does not sound right on the open A-string (!) it needs to be checked at a competent violin shop. (Apparently *not* the one you went to to have a new sound post installed!)
It could be an adjustment issue, but a wolf like that can also be the result of a top being thinned out too much. If it’s too thin, changing the setup isn’t going to fix it. Hopefully it’s just a setup issue!
It's the "classic" wolf, on or near the principal body resonance.
I think my top was too thinned (regraduated). A bit of rubber (erazer) in one of the F hole wings solved it. I was also advised to try small super magnets
Magnets are used in the line of sound (wolf) modulators made by Krentz; I have one on my cello and it works beautifully...they also make magnet modulators for violins.
The Krentz devices will be "tuned" to typical wolf frequencies: around A# or B for violins, F or F# for violas, and F or F# (an octave lower) on cellos.
If the diagnosis is correct that the top is too thin, then it sounds like a bit of a write-off, and the blutak/eraser is probably a better idea than magnetic devices.
My violin with erazer works very well thank you.
Update when take off chinrest and play with out with my chin on tailpiece a bit the wolf notes are gone
Just curious, but was it a centre or side mounted chinrest?
It may be that there is a crack near where you affix the chinrest? Again, a good violin repairer should check this, we can't really help you.
It may be worth trying a lower tension G, such as Eudoxa) to reduce some of the pressure on the top plate and thereby remove or substantially reduce the wolf. This works on my 18th c violin, weighing 385gm, suggesting that it has a thinnish top plate. This violin has long suffered a prominent wolf on the A in the second octave of the G-string, with a suggestion of a corresponding wolf on the A on the D-string. Installing the Eudoxa G significantly reduced the wolf, and replacing the D and A strings with Eudoxas completed the job to my satisfaction, enabling me to play wolf-free in the second octave on the G string in orchestra, if so required by some possibly unthinking composer.
hi Trevor, the Wiener Philharmoniker plays a lot sul G, easily including that A, no unthinking composer needed :-)
You could also try a different E string or even e string gauge. I’ve had success with heavy gauge E strings when it comes to taming wolf notes.
Christian, that's interesting, and the opposite of what I mentioned!