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Changing strings on your violin
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Fiddlestix
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Mr. Fiddlerman, I was just watching your video on changing strings, it's not new to me, but I noticed on your violin you have a couple fine tuners for you "E" & "A" strings.

Is there something special about those tuners, I noticed that you inserted the ball end into the hole on the tailpiece. Mine look nothing like that. It appears that you have altered your tailpiece with a couple of extra holes to receive the tuners.

Please comment on them, thanks.

 

Ken

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Fiddlerman
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March 16, 2012 - 11:53 am
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Those fine tuners are better because they allow all four strings rest on the same spot on the tail-piece. Better for fifths and maximizing the sound with the longest possible string length.
Also, for those who wonder, I usually have a steel A string and that is why I have a fine tuner there. Since I discovered Zyex I have not had the steel E except that I had an old set of Dominant that I wanted to use instead of discarding them so I put them on last week. I must say though that I am disappointed in the sound they have. Kind of metallic compared to the Zyex. I'll probably put some new Zyex strings on before Key West Symphony next week since I have a few concert master solo's to play.

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any chance you can get your wife to shoot some video while you do those solos?

...and post it up here for us to aspire to emulate. 

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OK, I got it, but did you have to drill new hole's in the tail piece to recieve the tuners, buy a new tail piece or what ? It appears that the tuners are aft of the original string holes, am I correct to assume that ?

You sent me a set of "Zyex" strings last week, so at the end of this month i'll order another set for my $90.00 violin and put them on it. If I can't get the thing to sound decent, i'll take it to my Luthier and have him check the sound post for location, but i'm not spending a helluva lot of money on the thing. If you have that type of tuner in your shop, which  I didn't see in your catelog, maybe i'll buy a few of those also.

And yes, what cdennyb said about video footage would be great, to see you in action.dancing

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March 16, 2012 - 9:22 pm
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Actually she never goes to my concerts but she will be going to Key West next weekend along with my brother and his new wife. Maybe they will go to the concert. I know that you are not supposed to film at these concerts but maybe they can get away with it..... You never know.

Have a hard time finding that kind of fine-tuner but I will find them soon.thumbs-up

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That would be great if you could find them.

Thanks a bunch.

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