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Stephen Churchill

a little soundpost

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Hi,

I'm touching up a friends 1/8 Suzuki (1974) for his daughter. I'm just putting in a new soundpost. I've never put in a 1/8 before. Any suggestions? going from the bass f-hole instead of treble? should I get a smaller post setter?

Thanks

Stephen

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Use a spike kindof set up. I take a needle spring (blued spring used for keywork on saxophones) and grab it with a pair of pliers. I put a maple 1/4" dowel in a bench motor spinning. Take the blunt end of the needle spring (guess you could use a thick sewing needle??)and drive it with pressure (remember you are grabbing it with a pair of pliers)into the spinning dowel. Goes right in and works real nice in setting soundposts-especially ones with small f holes. jeff

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I usually take a coat hanger (remember those?), cut a piece, hammer the end out flat to stab the post and bend it to a shape that works for the size of the small fiddle. I tend to mis-place these, or even simply lose them, and seem to have to make another with every batch of small fiddles.

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I bought myself a second normal soundpost setter from GEWA and bent and shortend it to work for small violins. After all, it won`t be your last 1/8 soundpost, will it?

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