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Easy way to set up a soundpost at home
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Hurton
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August 20, 2014 - 2:50 pm
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Hello. A week ago I changed my E string and the soundpost fall. I was upset for 10 minutes. Then I found the easy way to put in its place. It will take no more than ten minutes. 

1st STEP. You need these instruments! 

 

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2nd STEP: Put a spanner into your violin at the place where you want your soundpost to stand.

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3rd STEP: Take your soundpost and put into the violin through f-hole. It should be placed into the hole of the spanner.O-TYvegZOfI.jpgImage Enlarger

4th STEP: Take your fork. Move the upper part of the soundpost in order to make it standing straight.

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YOU CAN PLAY THE VIOLIN! :D

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EricBluegrassFiddle
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Great stuff!

Although I'll be honest, when it comes to the Soundpost, it gives me the "hee-bee-gee-bees" thinking about fooling with one of those. Any tricks to keep one from falling over while your working on a bridge ste up for example?

I mean, I will flatten the bridge on my new Gliga somewhat when I get it, as I'm an aspiring Bluegrass Fiddler and we have a tendency to butcher our violin bridges like that ( hahahaha )

So any tricks or tips to keeping that post from falling over while working on a Fiddle bridge?

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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Oh, I don't know tricks that you are asking for. Probably, more advanced members would give you an answer. I suggest that you may put two spanners (through f-holes) and fix a soundpost between them then you will be able to change your bridge safely. But it is just a suggestion. I only tested setting a soundpost and didn't tested the prevention of falling scheme. 

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EricBluegrassFiddle said
Great stuff!

Although I'll be honest, when it comes to the Soundpost, it gives me the "hee-bee-gee-bees" thinking about fooling with one of those. Any tricks to keep one from falling over while your working on a bridge ste up for example?

I mean, I will flatten the bridge on my new Gliga somewhat when I get it, as I'm an aspiring Bluegrass Fiddler and we have a tendency to butcher our violin bridges like that ( hahahaha )

So any tricks or tips to keeping that post from falling over while working on a Fiddle bridge?

@EricBluegrassFiddle 

Eric

I've done a lot of bridge work.

When you are ready to remove the bridge lay your fiddle on something soft ( I use cushions) Slacken the strings and remove the bridge.

I use a 'string jack / lifter' to lift the strings off the bridge. This keeps the pressure on the top of your fiddle and holds the sound post in place. You will find them cheap on eBay and elsewhere.

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Using one of these will 'ensure' that your post stays in place.

You will find instructions on how to make one here:

http://www.scavm.com/Bridgejk.htm

It of course can be done without one and if the post was well fitted in the first place it won't usually fall if the violin isn't moved around too much.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Uzi
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If you want to do it like the pros, FM sells sound post adjustment tools and there's a video on how to do it.  For 20 bucks US you'd be in business:

http://fiddlershop.com/accessories/tools

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Fiddlerman
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August 22, 2014 - 11:28 am
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Great tips everyone. I can take out and put back a soundpost in any desired position in less than a minute and with help from THE SOUND POST MATE found on Uzi's link above. I should do a new video because I've improved so much since the first video when we had just received them for the first time.
The Sound Post Adjuster is a must as well. I can't do without it.

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but the one who needs the least."

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