mindsquirrel

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  1. So FYI, this is a newly acquired old violin. It seemed to have been a combination of dust, rosin, and the physical bending of the f-hole that occurs over time due to the torsion of the soundpost on the treble side.
  2. I am so happy! It WAS the point of an f hole. You all are the best!
  3. There is a buzz, and I want to find out where it is coming from. It is a great mystery. I am creating a list of the things I have checked and it is not. Please don't suggest taking to a luthier. I want to know what a luthier would do. That is why I am posting. This is an extremely loud and resonate violin. It is older, likely ca. 1880. The sound occurs with volume. Doesn't matter so much the note. The sound is coming from the tailpiece area, but it could be something near the tailpiece as well. It is not the nut or fingerboard. The buzz happens with volume on most double stops. Full stop pizz etc. I have had many violins with buzzes in this area. I can tell from playing. The fingerboard and nut are excellent. It is not the pegs. They are tight. The sound is not coming from this area. It is not the strings. I have changed them all. It is not the ends of the strings. I have thoroughly exhausted that. Testing and changing them one by one. I am still using ball end strings though. It is not the bridge gaps. I have tried the strings on different points. It is not the bridge feet. They look mostly well fit. I have moved the bridge as an experiment. I have even changed the bridge. It is not the tailpiece or the tailgut. I have changed them both out. Removed fine tuners. It is not the chinrest. I have removed it. So, I feel it is time to check the body. It is not the seams, they are airtight all around. It is not the saddle. It has fairly deep grooves, but putting my finger on it does not diminish the buzzing. The saddle itself is well fit and nicely glued in place. I have adjusted the soundpost. It is a nice fit and after making several adjustments. I am confident that's not what it is. The purfing looks all good. There is nothing inside the violin. I even shook some rice in it. I took off the setup(strings/tailpiece/bridge) to listen to the violin with tapping. No buzzing. Is there a way to tell if it is the bass bar? It sounds different when I tap along it, as I feel it should. But, of course, I haven't taken off the fingerboard. It does have a repaired crack on the face that is airtight and taps very well. The tapping sound is good on and near the crack. It seems like a excellent repair. It is on the treble side, not near the soundpost. The buzz does sound metallic, maybe all buzzes do though.
  4. You say you don't think you can leave your first finger down. You may have your wrist too far forward(bent). Straighten your wrist a little(very slight) for extra speed. (Then bend it more for deeper more fluid arm/elbow vibrato.)
  5. You want the gut to look somewhat transparent. The main thing is that if it has been sitting around somewhere dry, it could be brittle and break. So soak in oil, then salt it off where the bow will be playing. If it is wound, look where it is not or perhaps it came with an A that isn't. As far as sound, there is nothing sweeter than gut. They can sound great on a nasal instrument. Also, there is the twist, which you absolutely have to experience. I enjoy them in the morning, as the humidity in the air decreases. Steel and synthetic are better while it increases in the evening. I wouldn't leave gut on a gigging instrument though. You will find yourself tuning mid-song.
  6. Thanks for the replies! I play outside a lot, and that demands a LOT of tuning which is a disaster for some of these 20 minute pieces. And yes, the pegs are something I should consider more... Zyex looks great… one problem I have with dominants is they are too quiet, so that could be nice.
  7. Most of the information I read about strings, i.e. stringreview.com, do not say much in terms of responsiveness and how well the strings stay in tune. I have had enough trouble with gut strings staying in tune to disregard them entirely. Metalcore seem to stay in tune, but not as much as synthetics. Metalcores are not as responsive, but have a certain singing quality to the attack that can be very beautiful especially with a delayed vibrato. (metal core are also nice for balancing dark sounding instruments) Fastest Response: pro-arte and evah pirazzi. Staying in tune: Dominants. Opinions?
  8. Hello, I am looking to replace my fingerboard with a nicer, thiner fingerboard. As is, the fingerboard is too thick and the bridge has to be high. I see "gabor" ebony, but I cannot tell if they are properly planed with the dip and all. I do not want to plane a fingerboard. Much appreciated, Dave