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Links to Fiddlerman repair guides?
... besides the sound post video and bridge page
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October 21, 2014 - 6:55 pm
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I've seen Healy's excellent post on replacing a bridge here:

http://fiddlerman.com/2011/11/.....n-m-healy/

And I've seen Fiddlerman's excellent video on setting a sound post here:

Are there any other official Fiddlerman links to repair tips?

I've got three basic projects that I want to try on my Cecilio CVN-200

  1. Make the tuning pegs as easy to use as the tail piece tuners.
  2. Lower the strings at the bridge, maybe also the nut.
  3. Fool around with the sound post to see how I can change intonation.

But if there are any other repair guides, I'd like to see where they are.

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Fiddlerman
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October 22, 2014 - 10:36 am
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That is an excellent idea, to organize the "how to"'s :)
I would love for us to have more.

Just for clarification, I'm sure this is what you meant, but moving the sound-post changes the tone, power, and action (response speed). The intonation is not affected in the process.

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Fiddlerman said
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Just for clarification, I'm sure this is what you meant, but moving the sound-post changes the tone, power, and action (response speed). The intonation is not affected in the process.

Yes, that's right, I had the whole definition wrong.  Intonation is "... accuracy of pitch in playing or singing, or on a stringed instrument such as a guitar."

Interesting, you say that action is affected by the sound-post position.  How do changes in the sound position affect response speed?

So I take it there are no more tech "how to"'s at Fiddlerman?

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October 22, 2014 - 3:24 pm
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A tighter soundpost causes the instrument to have more power while a lighter set soundpost allows the instrument to vibrate more freely which results in faster action. Different violins require different pressures. Problem is that you can't affect how hard the soundpost is set without changing the position outwards or inwards, which means that you must sometimes make a new, slightly longer soundpost if you both want more power and a darker sound. And of course vise versa if you want a brighter sound and faster action (simply shorten the existing soundpost). Takes practice and experience to make and adjust the perfect post.
The posts must match up perfectly on the top and bottom and the grains should run perpendicular to the grains on the top of the violin. In most cases, posts with more grains are preferable.

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Wow, I can hardly wait to get started.  Your video on the subject is also a real inspiration.

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Fiddlerman
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October 23, 2014 - 6:22 pm
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I made another one but the cap I was wearing while making it had salt marks from me wearing it after swimming in the ocean and I didn't notice that until afterwards. I can upload it and make it unlisted if you are interested in making your own sound-post.

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Oh, absolutely.  I'm sure nobody else cares about the salt marks either.

You can always replace it later if you want.

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I did a pdf about making a replacement bridge, you could add that to the "library"... hint hint.

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/th.....ridge-pdf/

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October 23, 2014 - 10:42 pm
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Will do.

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October 25, 2014 - 3:41 pm
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Everything that I learned came from great luthiers. This doesn't mean that I don't make mistakes or that I have the best methods. Take this guide with a grain of salt. :)

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