Seeking for advices about the right setup of Chinese Yitamusic Violin
5 month ago I purchased Stradivarius "Dolphin" copy for 220$, from Yitamusic (Luthier Liu Xi) in T20 level (1-2 level lower from Master Violins if to believe them). Actually I got shocked that the sound is almost same as the Dolphin violin which I heard in Youtube when Akiko Suwanai was playing it (not sure if that's original one or also copy).
In general I'm glad, but there are feelings that it's not the best my violin can show, plus some cons I've noticed so far.
1. When playing on A and E strings the extra sounds, like scratching, or deaf sound when you're playing in mF already. Only when you're playing in F or FF it sounds almost without that deaf sound, though this is the main problem which makes me a bit insecure.
2. I feel like it's not loud as it could be, but can the violin be louder if I make some setup changes, or change the bow?
3. Though the oil varnish shines so so bright, it's obvious that the violin was varnished with 1-2 layers, seems so slim, that the wood texture is too embossed and like swallowing the rest of the varnish like sand. Is it good, or not much?
Actually this is what I'm concerned the most, now I'll explain what I'm using also:
A) The strings are Thomastik Infeld, new, but which I was saving 15 years with black ends, no idea if those strings are good enough as other Infeld models.
B) The bow is heavy Bergner model, but I don't know what kind of wood is used, though that's definitely not pernambucco. It costed 45$, I'm mentioning the price to know whether that's original Bergner, or just a beginner one.
C) Should I replace the ebony tailpiece, chinrest, pegs which were attached to that violin when I bought it, or is this set is good enough because of ebony material?
D) Will the sound change slightly or a lot if I also replace the normal bridge to Aubert one, or whatever else is a better option?
Though I'm playing violin maybe once in a week, or a month, coz that's just my hobby, but I'm very sensitive to the sound. On Summer I checked my playing quality in ancient master violin, the sound was clean enough.
Looking forward to your opinion and advices ^____^
Here's the link of the violin (I hope it shows the photo and description)
P.S. Sorry for some grammar mistakes I might have made
Ah, a Yita post! Hadn't seen one in a while. ;)
I would change the strings, reposition the bridge or fit it, and depending on its tone, re adjust the soundpost.
That's what I usually do to my Chinese violins
Thank you all for the reply, especially Fox Mitchell for so detailed answer. I'm planning long time to buy Thomastik Solo with titanium E, which I heard in YouTube and got into a decision that it's obviously better, hopefully it will sound on my violin clean without additional noise at least. What about the deaf sound, I think it's because of mostly wood, rather than the varnish, because the wood is a way too thick.
"I have tried solving the quietness while upgrading myself from a 'kitchen table' luthier to a 'garage luthier', "
Oh, that's great to know David! O__O Actually the violin really looks too attractive by appearance, I just hope to make sure that the sound will improve with the upgrade. I have one german luthier who restaurates violin up to it's highest level I suppose. I'm thinking what if he will make the wood more thin, so the sound will change in an instant, because in description of almost all violins of Yitamusic, they are making the wood a bit thick to make them last longer as possible, something like that, so I think making the wood a bit thinner will not be so bad, at least all other professional violins I've seen so far really have much thinner wood! :D
Since I don't know why I can't create a new discussion, I will ask here if anybody might see this comment - I checked Yita violin deck, it's 4mm thick, while the old German violin was only 2!!!! I'm pretty sure that the sound lack is because of the deck, now I'm wondering if it's possible to make the sound much better if make the deck thinner, of course from inside, without touching the varnished surface?
I recently had a 2014 Yita T-20 "gone through" by a pair of luthiers to prepare it for sale. The fingerboard had developed a hump or two so that it needed to be planed. The soundpost was a bit too long, so it was trimmed and adjusted. One of the luthiers recommended a new bridge because the string spacing was a little bit too wide, but I/we decided that wasn't cost-effective so we left the bridge just as it was. I think the total bill was about $75 or $85. So my response to the OP's question is that what needs to be done probably depends on the individual violin.
It's easy to make a cheap Chinese violin sound like a priceless Italian antique. All you need to do is take it all apart, regrade the top and back, put in new bass bar and blocks, then put it together again, put in new sound post and new bridge, and new strings, probably cut a new nut as well, install gear pegs, a new tail piece, button, and the most expensive strings available. If that fails paint it green, install a Fishman V300 pickup, grow your hair into dreadlocks, and join a band that plays World Music.
A good friend/luthier recently did all that, well not the geared pegs, I did that a long time ago, but he did also reset the neck and put a new fingerboard on my Lanini. I really like this violin now. What a transformation. I'm returning the green paint.
Or you could just buy a quality violin that was made right in the first place!!
Here in my country I will never ever trust anybody :D I already decided long time and won't change my mind in any case, I will send the german one to you , it's just a matter of time
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