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  1. Can you make a fiddle sound mellow??

    Good advice in general would be to try numerous violins before buying one; that way you might not buy one that doesn't suit your ear. Otherwise, strings, sound post and bridge can greatly affect sound. Some violins can sound totally different, while others might not change much. Hopefully yours can change enough that you like it better. Edit: if you're just sitting around your house playing/practicing, you can put a sliding mute on and try it at different distances to the bridge, or even fully on it if you're not concerned with projecting a lot of volume. That might get you by until you can try other things.
  2. AFM and Carry On Baggage

    I've flown with Southwest twice in the past six months (after not flying anywhere in seven years, partly due to Frontier almost refusing to let me carry on) and have purchased the Early Bird option both times. This ensures you're one of the first sixty people on board; there is no assigned seating so you just grab an open overhead and put your case up there. On my trip last week, I flew with a full size guitar and did the same. No questions asked.
  3. Deliberately Angled Soundpost

    Well it only took one response to the topic to arrive at the correct answer. Bravo! My wife's violin is the most temperamental instrument I have ever worked on. I believe I have told the story on here previously, but her father was a luthier, and when he had the violin, it sounded amazing. After his passing, the violin had some work done to it, including a new post. The spot he had the post sitting was marked on the back of the violin, but no one was able to get the post to sit there, and the tone was awful and nothing like it had been. After I started working on violins, the problem became apparent; the post needed to lean slightly outward toward the F hole from bottom to top. That solved the poor tone issue.
  4. What happens to strings?

    As mentioned in the post immediately preceding yours, it can have some negative effect. In particular, If I am going to put Helicore strings on a violin I am setting up, I will put used strings on while doing finishing nut work..two or three times, just tuning the Helicore D strings up and down half a dozen times has caused them to break, and that's before ever even playing on them.
  5. I just picked up a full size Guarneri copy with the same name, dated 1893, Berlin. Guessing it's just a "trade name". Not bad for $100, and should make a nice instrument when set up and cleaned up. Edit: I do believe this was a model offered by Lyon and Healy.
  6. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    I do use a shoulder rest, and have adjusted that as far as it will go to change the angle of the violin to try to match what "normal" would be. I even went so far as to move the chin rest to the left a couple inches to get it even closer. I did have quite a bit of classical training when I was younger, so I'm not what people think of as the typical portrait of the poor posture, poor bow hold, poor tone fiddler. Maybe the tone wouldn't change much, if at all, but I'd rather sell it to someone who likes the tone while not causing discomfort, than to change the setup and having a tone that is inferior to what it is currently.
  7. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    It's definitely greater than the previously mentioned .5mm difference. When I bought this violin off of eBay, it had a hairline crack in the top. I repaired that, and also made the bridge and post. The fingerboard was in fine shape, so I left it alone. I did notice from the shape of the bridge that the neck angle was not "normal", but had heard that this was a "thing" that was sometimes done to somehow facilitate "ease of playing". Maybe it would make it easier for some, just not for me. Either way, I have other violins I can play, some of which fall just short in the particular tone category I'd like, but are much dreamier to play and which do not make my hand feel like I've just squeezed a stress ball for 13.5 hours. I also have a friend who has said if I ever wanted to sell it, he'd be happy to take it off of my hands. There are also approximately 30 violins waiting in the restore pile, and if any one of them turns out sounding close to what this one does, selling it would be an easy decision. One that was finished last summer should have been kept, actually, but alas, the funds were needed. Cheers
  8. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    The fiddle I am currently playing has the neck tilted in this manner; the treble is lower than the bass side. I despise it. The bowing feels awkward compared to "normal" necks (much too low on the E string) and my left hand starts to cramp after playing a while, which never happens on other instruments. The only reason I have made no effort to rectify this is because I absolutely love the sound, and am worried that such a big change to the bridge and fingerboard angles would produce too different a tone.
  9. Violin ID and Restoration Tips?

    Just my humble opinion, but given how thick the plates are, if you are hoping to have something that might sound decent when you're done, by all means, do the re-graduations. I had a fiddle that I re-graduated a few years ago that sounded horrible when I was done..soon afterward I realized that my caliper was off by about a millimeter. I opened it up again and took the wood out to make it the way I had thought I did in the first place, and it made all the difference in the world. Another fiddle I worked on for a paying job..they just wanted it to sound decent. The top was as thick as yours, and it sounded like a 1/16 size violin. After re-graduation and a new bar (old one also similar to yours) it was a pretty decent sounding fiddle. Looks like you're doing well so far. Good luck!
  10. Antique Violin Thickness Conundrum

    Only on page two of this thread but I am going this way as well. I had a nice old factory Amati a couple years ago with a thin back and this describes it exactly Now to jump back to page two before I read any of the last page..
  11. Effects of rib height

    I agree, removing excess wood from the ribs of cheaper grade factory violins can make a big difference in sound. Also, in keeping with the pole idea, I imagine to avoid excess vibrations, taller ribs should be kept just a hair thicker than very short ones, being that they will move easier anyway.
  12. Hit by Car!

    I also liked the one where the devil opens a door and says to a conductor, "Your room is right in here, maestro", and you can see an all-banjo orchestra inside.
  13. Words that bother me

    I have always taken that to mean that, for example, classical music isn't always better, if the Bach being played is being butchered. In that case, I would much rather hear a good country band in a bar...and I don't even care much for country.
  14. Words that bother me

    Yes, I had thought about that, if it were pronounced without the H, but I am specifically referring to when the H is pronounced.