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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001188.txt from 2003/06

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: [kl] How to reflect a violin
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 13:15:40 -0400

On Fri, 27 Jun 2003 12:23:44 -0400, said:

> Inside the violin are a wooden bass bar and soundpost, each positioned
> with great care. The soundpost (a thin dowel) set with pressure alone
> under the E string (the highest-pitched string) can and often is moved
> slightly, to improve the tone of the violin. However, the soundpost
> not only affects the tone but supports and protects the belly of the
> violin at the point of greatest stress. The bass bar, glued to the
> inside belly by the original maker, runs lengthwise under the G
> string, the lowest-pitched string. Bass bars sometimes need moving or
> replacing, too, but moving one is such an iffy undertaking that even
> professional restorationists give the matter a great deal of thought.

I just wanted to comment that, though moving a bass bar is a delicate
procedure -- as Lelia says -- it can be done. If you have to move a
bass bar, you do it.

My sources further say that if you want to reflect a violin, the
fingerboard has to be modified too, and very often the peg-box. All
these modifications need to be done by experts, mmost of whom charge
quite large fees for doing them.

On the other hand, most of these experts charge large fees for doing

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... Divers do it better under pressure.

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