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How it affects tone.
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zpilot
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October 23, 2017 - 2:07 pm
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My fiddle had a strange "woofy" sound when playing notes around the D on the G string.  A different string and bowing changes helped but the tendency was still there a little bit.  I read on another forum how an older, experienced player tweaks that on his set-ups.  He claims that he sets the afterlength of that string to sound a D two octaves and a fifth above the open G.  So I thought, "What the heck, I'll try that".  Guess what, it really helped.  I only needed to move the bridge back about 1mm.  That doesn't really alter the 1:6 string length and it is much quicker and easier than messing with things like the sound post or tail gut.  Also I don't notice any difference to any other notes/strings at 1st position and I can always move it back if I choose.  

I'm reluctant to believe a lot of what I read on the internet.  It has to make sense to me before I try something.  This sort of did and it worked for me and doesn't harm anything, at least if you maintain the correct angle of the bridge to the top plate.

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Fiddlerman
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October 23, 2017 - 3:56 pm
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Adjusting the after length to increase the length really helps and moving the bridge is similar to moving the soundest since you change that relation, but you can't do it too much without changing the optimal position of the bridge in relation to the fingerboard and body length.

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I get that.  I didn't think that 1 to 2mm would cause a problem.  I wouldn't want to move it any more than that.

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October 24, 2017 - 3:00 pm
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Shouldn't be a problem.

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