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My soundpost fell off once when my tailpost cord broke, causing the pressure from the stings through the bridge to release simultaneously. Since I was playing at the time it scared the daylights out of me. I watched the luthier replace the soundpost and he made if memory serves me it took under a minute. He made it look so easy, but I suspect without the training that it's anything but. He used a tool that looked similar to a dental pick, grabbed the post, and placed it in the exact right place while re-applying pressure to keep the post from falling back over. I wouldn't try it myself, but I know of at least 4 violin shops in our area, not counting the general music shops. If there is anyway to take the violin to a shop in another city I recommend you do so. Whatever you decide to do I wish you good luck.
This is nerve-wracking….wish I had a luthier within a 100kms of me who does that sort of work. I think I have to construct the tool myself, unfortunately. Thank you for your instructions!
PS: Could anyone post specs and/or overhead pictures that could help me construct them(or at least give instructions at a machine shop)
Finally done... and after 8 tries too! Thanks! btw, I didn't use the gluegun XD
I wouldn't want to commit to a gig and not be able to perform because of something like a fallen sound-post (although that's not exactly a common situation). Do many professional musicians carry a back-up violin?
Of course I don't play professionally so the point is moot, but I hate to let people down when they are counting on me, especially for something as fraught as a wedding.
The only time it happened to my was when the tailpiece cord broke. Of course you can probably reduce your risk by taking your instrument in for regular 'check-up', but I think my mine had been checked out less than 6 months before it happened. I've never heard of that particular issue happening to anyone else.
And I'm not suggesting that anyone else be as obsessively over-prepared as I am-I just plan things to the nth degree and imaging the worse case scenario.
Thanks everyone! But I think I'll start saving for an actual setter...and be more careful when changing bridges. Hopefully the Aubert bridge lasts longer than the fernando one. Well, at least I'll be able to do it again when needed, and I can help my friends now. Good thing my mom doesn't mind the loss of one of her stainless steel tweezers It's completely bent out of shape Oh yeah, if any of you does this...watch out for the varnish at the edge of the F-holes. Those chip easily.
I also this interesting web site for anyone further interested in sound-post setting and other violin maintenance:
It would be fun to study violin making. Maybe something worth taking up in the future for me.
In my search for interesting violin-related finds I stumbled across a huge set of luthier's tools including the pieces of a violin waiting to be put together. I'm curious to about the story behind this lot, but I'm afraid it involves someone with crushed ambitions.
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