Keviar

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  1. Do you play with a shoulder rest? If so, try playing without it and see if the buzz still exist. I have encountered an incident where a worn Kun Bravo gave me this buzz. And it sounded like it’s coming from the violin. With a new rest, the buzz went away. And it took me a while to find it.
  2. You can actually send your Wittner chinrest to Alexander Accessories, and have them make you one that’s of exact same shape and height. Although may be pricier but it will last decades without problem.
  3. All the sudden a Strad at 20m doesn’t seem that expensive... lol
  4. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Lol... yes indeed... Will wait for the next visiting luthier to do further adjustment. And thanks for the sincere suggestion. Glad that I didn’t have the gut to do the knife part...
  5. David, now I am really interested in which two instruments you own, since being one of the best.
  6. Zyg +1, even when I think auction is not taken into consideration.
  7. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Of course in best case scenario it should be handled by a professional we trust. But it’s a rare occasion that I could come across one where I live, but merely only when they visit like once a year or less to the shop I go to. I’ve tried leveraging local luthier, but unfortunately good luthier is a hard find. In the past I’ve had guys thinning out the original bridge w/o permission, ill-fitted a soundpost that’s too tight and long, and even cut hairs out of my newly rehaired bow. The list goes on. Later I was fortunate enough to find a shop that invites real professional as visiting luthier where they reset the setup entirely. But since it was a short visit, it’s not likely that I could bother them for fine adjustment day in and out. And was just told that given shop situation, it’s unlikely they will continue to do that anymore. Fully understand your point, that a player should avoid playing with setup while leaving it to professionals, and that’s why I try to play with only the string combo or the tailgut length but not anything more. Appreciate good advices as always
  8. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Unfortunately it’s under 2g at 1.5g. And by looking at the bridge cut, seems like it’s been thinned out (1.0-1.1mm at top) vs the original bridge that came with it. I guess there’s not much to be done, but again thank you Don and Andreas and others for your replies and time
  9. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Thank you. It’s 1.0-1.1mm at top. i thought kevlar wasn’t much liked by quite many luthier from other thread vs nylon? Due to flexibility, rigid ness and other sort of reason. I actually have one but haven’t tried it.
  10. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Of course but doesn’t any player would love to seek to max out their own instrument capability for the ease of playing? To get more focused tone, I could play nearer the bridge to get similar effect but it takes extra effort while on some instrument i tried, it could be done more easily with less effort.
  11. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Bridge is about 4.5mm, actually Tom Croen helped recut the bridge and cut/fit a new soundpost when he visited town. He did a great job but was only doing a short visit, and unlikely to see him anytime soon. That’s why I’ve been hesitant to have others move the post but simply been playing with other setup myself. Not sure if vid would do the trick but I could probably find a time to do some recording if that helps. I ended up going back to dominant and goldbrokat medium e. With a boxwood tailpiece weighing 12g and a short tailgut length at ~5mm with regular nylon tailgut.
  12. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    i guess the answer is that the edginess probably got more to do with the instrument’s fundamental build, than setup itself. I was wondering if shortening the tailgut to minimal would do the trick or a soundpost adjustment maybe?
  13. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Yup, I have tried pretty much every string set out there from Evah to latest Warchal Timber and even pure gut. The violin doesn’t like high tension string. I ended up going back to dominant + goldbrokat. Even pisrastro Gold E med gauge would do some slight damage to response. understood that skill matters, but I have had the chance to play it side by side with some good violins like Guad, gagliano and few nice vuillaumes. And when comparing side by side, though the violin is comparable in tone depth or volume, but it didn’t have the playability and sensitivity response or the edginess that I mentioned. So since then I have been trying different setup or string combo and accessories to optimize. Though improved but still couldn’t get that edginess in sound.
  14. Keviar

    Violin Setup

    Hi I have a question with regard to setup and violin tone. My violin is a pretty decent contemporary violin, and is quite sensitive to setup and adjustment. Basic setup (soundpost, bridge cutting, tuning) has been done by some really good luthier. And following the basic setup, I’ve been trying to do some fine adjustment myself, something that probably would take too much of luthier time (eg different string combo, tailgut length, or different tailpiece with different weight and balance...and even chinrest with different clamping pressure/position/weight). So far I like the tone and end result (even across strings. Enough volume, and bright but not in a harsh way to ear. Enough color changes with bow moving near/away from bridge...), but one thing I could not have achieved is to get that focus sound I often hear from a great instrument. To be more specific, when playing notes or scale, the note has extreme focused clarity that even slight miss pitch could been heard, and note pops out quickly (perhaps that edginess luthier often describes?). And often times, vibrato is also more sensitive and responsive to finger movement. Sometimes in a way that part/some note resonance is reduced and doesn’t echo as much (not sure if I’m describing it right). so when I play, notes would stop and go on command. My violin is a quarneri model, and seems to be needing a slight stiffer bow to get a more focus note (eg. an earlier period light sartory bow based on Lamy model) I’m wondering if something like this could be achieve through setup? What would be the advice and possible way to achieve this and get that edginess? Or is it simply too much to ask for this particular violin (that perhaps it’s reached its limit?). Thank you in advance.