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2016-01-12 15:21

New Jargar Superior C and G strings

The danish company Jargar has rounded the Superior strings well.

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2011-03-28 15:26

The professional journal „Ensemble Magazin for Chamber Music” assigns a CD

The “English Doric String Quartet” gets the highest appraisal from the magazine “Ensemble” for playing of three “Korngold String Quartets”.

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2011-03-28 15:20

Tips of the luthier for changing a tailpiece

If a tailpiecehanger tears or if the tailpiece does not work you can get a comprehensible instruction from the luthier how to change the tailpiece yourself.

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2011-02-04 16:40

Happy birthday Musikhochschule Lübeck

100 years Musikhochschule Lübeck. For 30 years we work on the opposite side of the college and observe particularly the development of the string players.

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2011-02-04 15:43

Violinist plays 50 hours non-stop

A Delhian musician made a new record in public performance.

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Answers

Where must the sound post be positioned?

There is no one proper position of the sound post for all instruments. Each instrument has its own optimal position for the voice.

However, there are some rules that apply to all instruments:

  • The sound post should have the width of half a bridges foot pointing towards the tailpiece and away from the bridge
  • The sound post should not be positioned outside (toward the f-hole) of the imagined border of the bridges foot
  • In general, the high strings become stronger when the sound post is positioned further outward while the lower strings are stronger when the sound post is closer the middle of the instrument
  • It is important that the sound post never be moved while the strings are fully tightened as the cover could be damaged. Pictures of such damage can be viewed on the following photo.

Violin building: Massive interior damage to the belly due to improper positioning of the sound post

Remember that the ideal sound post should connect to the belly and back and also have the correct length. Both factors change when the sound post is adjusted. It is best to go straight to a violin maker for this and to adjust the sound post by yourself only in an emergency.
New: How this is done by a violin maker and how you can do it yourself is shown here.

Last update on 2011-01-28 by Haat-Hedlef Uilderks.

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