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Setting the Soundpost with Soundpost mate
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HotGriddle, CA
September 11, 2015 - 7:36 pm
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Pardon my language, but does anyone have any advice on how to avoid dinging up their f-hole when adjusting a sound post?

I got the soundpost setter (the version with the spring clip) from the fiddlerman shop in hopes of learning about the effects of sound post location on violin sound.

I also got a violin from ebay for about $250 to try it out on. I was expecting a "beater" violin I wouldn't be too concerned with banging up along the way, but it turns out it's a rather fine instrument with a nice sound, and now I'm nervous about hurting the finish.

After a couple of attempts, I'm still crashing into or advertently pressing on the sides of the f-hole and leaving dings and dents in the varnish.

Any tips on avoiding this as I practice that some more experienced hands could share?

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September 11, 2015 - 8:04 pm
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I have not done this, I'm just responding to your request.  You could take a plastic straw cut a length then slice that piece.  You could then slip that on one side of the f hole, make another for the other side.  That would give you some limited protection and would not take up very much room.    The varnish right on the edge of the f hole is normally a weak spot.

Michigan, USA

September 11, 2015 - 9:10 pm
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You can also wrap the tool with electrical tape, I've done this before and it works.

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September 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm
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^^^^ what he said! tape works wonders.


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Fort Lauderdale
September 13, 2015 - 10:42 pm
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All great ideas. For the F-hole, use furniture markers available at Bed Bath and Beyond. Start with the lighter colors and work your way to the darker ones until you match the finish.

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