Where is the center?
How can I accurately determine the center of an instrument? (It's a violin)
Is there a video/description of this?
Huh?????? It might help if you would explain why you seek to ascertain where the "center" of your violin is. Your question is quite puzzling without some context.
You can determine the center line by finding the midpoint in a line drawn between the widest parts of the upper and lower bouts. Once you have the midpoints of the bouts, you can extend a line between them. Also, you can measure the geometric middle of the violin relatively easily, then find the center point on the bridge line from the inner blacks of the purfling.
The center of a violin is not as easy to find as it seems. You should draw lines from nut to saddle, and between the centres of the bouts, and between the fs... and if they don't line up then you have to make some judgement about how to adjust.
Center of length?
The most important center would probably be of the vibrating length of the strings. To find it, just listen for the octave of the open string.
the only centre that really matter is the one that lines up the left foot of the bridge over the bass bar, then the soundpost can be fit under the right foot, so usually the centre between the eyes of the f holes
@Andrew - my point exactly!
The center of your instrument is in your heart of hearts.
There is only a centre of gravity. I suggest you not make the effort to search for this. The result may have disastrous consequences for your violin. Ha ha!
Or, to summarise everyone as briefly as possible, What is the centre of an instrument?
my current obsessions are with finding the center of truth, and secondly, the center of the universe.
Just put your nose up to the f-hole and inhale slowly.
"And can one learn more from sniffing F-holes, than by sniffing bicycle seats?"
However, we are being rude to Kristof.
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