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    Hi Don, thanks for the detailed explanation. Great to understand a bit more about bowed instruments. This is the opposite to what I am used to with guitars. With plucked instruments one does not want a body resonance to coincide with a scale note. It sucks the energy out of the note.
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    Hi Uncle Duke, thanks for your suggestions. I implemented most of those and the D has improved and overall seems more balanced. It seems to need a bit more playing now.
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    Thanks for reply. I think the issue is with the response to bowing. Sound to my ear is good but player feels that D string is unresponsive.
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    I am hoping for some setup advice. This, my second violin has been finished for about three months now. My wife has played it regularly and used it for a recent series of orchestra rehearsals and concert. She is quite happy with it but feels that the D string is not as strong as the others & does not resonate as freely. I understand that it is not uncommon for the D to be the weakest. I would welcome any suggestions on what may improve this. David
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    Hi, Just an update, I have finished my second violin. I ended up drawing my own outline; Del Gesu Inspired. I'm very happy with the sound so far but it's only been strung-up for a day. I am not happy with my varnishing though; need to work on that. Here are some pictures:
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    Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll take them onboard. Fingerboard extension & string height are pretty much standard: 27mm, 5.5mm/3.5mm. I'll tweak the sound post some more. I remember reading somewhere that a slightly longer sound post is often required after settling in.
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    Hi George, I have Pirastro Tonica's on it at the moment. We usually prefer Dominants but they were out of stock. I thought we would assess it and decide what's best after settling in.
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    Hi Everyone, hoping for some advice on my setup. My violin plays really well with a very good tone. It is loud, bright with nice complex tone but a little bit harsh perhaps. D & G strings are a tiny bit weaker than the E & A. It is difficult to play softly. Sound post is fitted about 3mm behind the bridge and about 0.5mm inside the treble foot. It is a fairly loose fit, easily knocked over when strings are loose. Any suggestions for an improvement? Thanks David
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    Thanks, I don't think I really want to do a copy of a particular instrument as such. Just the general vibe. I am considering starting with the Kreisler forma by Addie here: Stradivari Forma By Addie - Peter Grankulla - Soloist Violins (thestradsound.com) I think I would redraw it to be symmetric and use basic dimensions from Lord Wilton to inform the process. I suppose some asymmetry would creep into the build anyway. Does that sound like a reasonable plan?
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    Here are some pics although I am not altogether happy with varnishing job. It gave me more grief than anything else. As far as sound, it is way better than anything I expected and my wife, Carol who is the violinist is keen to play it in orchestra next year. Compared to our old Strad copy by 'Anton Wolf' that belonged to my grandfather and father it is louder and possibly a little brighter. I can't hear it but carol feels the D & G strings are not quite up to speed. Its only been strung up for 3 weeks. I put on Pirastro Tonica's while setting it up. Will be looking at alternative strings when it's settled in. Hopefully our lockdown will not be long enough to build another one but I am looking for a good drawing of a Guarneri. Thanks Again
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    Hi Everyone, I am from the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia and just finished making my first violin. I am very happy with the result as is my wife who is the violinist in the family. I followed the method from makingtheviolin.com with some input from The Art of Violin Making. Makingtheviolin.com is excellent and it's amazing that it is a free resource. I have to say, I gleaned a lot of information from this forum that made the process so much easier. I do really want to thank everyone for the wealth of generous advice & wisdom that is available here. David
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