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new sound post setter
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January 21, 2015 - 11:40 am
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Because of another thread, I thought about an easier sound post setter.  I came up with this.  You slice a plastic straw (I removed about an 1/8 inch strip, but that's not necessary) straighten a paper clip, jab an entry and exit hole for the clip to hold the piece, bend the clip and you're done.  The straw holds the sp well.sp-003.JPGImage Enlarger

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While we are on the subject of setting sound posts, I'd like to point out that they are not cut to 90 degrees, but are cut at an angle that should match the slope of the violin top and back and be placed so that the slope makes  flush contact with wood on the inside of the instrument. Here's a video of a tool that looks interesting for accomplishing that.

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January 21, 2015 - 4:03 pm
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I just hold the post at an angle and draw it across sandpaper.  Doesn't take much.

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January 21, 2015 - 10:44 pm
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The cut that one gets with a saw blade is not as fine as with a sharp knife.

It's almost impossible to sand the end perfectly straight. Usually it gets slightly rounded unless you have a tool to hold it straight while drawing it back and forth.

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you guys are finding some intersting ways to do stuff involving repairs and regular maitnance! I love it. might have to try out the paperclip/straw idea for my soundpost. haha. its so fun to watch what people can come up with. Though i think actually cutting the soundpost is a bit far for me yet but i might practice sometime just for fun! :D

saw a guy the other day making violins out of exotic woods and am so curious to buy one to hear what it sounds like. if i had the skill to make a violin it would be some fun expiramentation to see what other woods sound like together and if you could get a better projection the they typical woods used. anywho sorry got side tracked!

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