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Strange buzzing/ringing sound
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KindaScratchy
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August 2, 2012 - 9:22 pm
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Last night while practicing, and again tonight, I've noticed a strange, slight, buzzing or ringing sound underlying the regular string sound when I play. I looked my violin over, checked the shoulder rest, chin rest, strings, bridge, etc. to see if anything was loose, but I didn't see anything awry. It happens on more than one string, so I don't think it's a string issue.

I even checked my earrings and other jewelry in case something was coming in contact with the violin.

Then I Googled the problem and turned up a few clues such as cracks in the instrument and debris in the the f hole and elsewhere. But, so far, I have not found the source of the noise.

Any suggestions?

dunno

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Fiddlerman
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August 2, 2012 - 10:14 pm
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Check the fine tuners extra carefully. Very common problem.
You said that it happens on more than one string. Which strings? Is it when you play on the lower strings or higher strings, or all?

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I had a problem like that a couple of months ago. What happened was the silver winding on my D string broke and was loosening/unraveling from the string. When I would play the D or sometimes when I would play an adjacent open string the winding on the D would vibrate creating a raspy buzz.  The thing was that it was difficult to spot because except for the buzz the string looked normal. I literally had to inspect the string with a magnifying glass.

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KindaScratchy
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August 5, 2012 - 8:29 pm
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Thanks for all the tips, everyone. The next time I sat down to practice after reading them, wouldn't you know it, I didn't hear the sound again! It's just like when you take your car to the shop and it won't make that noise for the mechanic!

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Oh, well, at least I have some things to try if it starts again. Thanks!

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Hello there! 

I know this is an old thred, but I hope you could help me with a similar problem.

I have this same issue but only when playing on G note, doesn't matter on which string but only with G note.

I've checked everything on the hardware but nothing seems to be loose. And the thing that bothers me most is that only happends on a note, not on a particular string. So I have no clue.

 

Thanks a lot!

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BillyG
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Has this just started happening, or has it always been like that ?

Also - a bit confused - -do you mean like "any note on the G string" or on "G" (and its octaves, anywhere across the strings ( like, playing G on the D string and octave up from the open G - is that OK or not ? )

I don't know if you are a beginner or not - but the lower strings CAN be initially a bit more awkward to play for many reasons - bow pressure, string type, rosin grip, actual fingering reach and so on - a whole HEAP of things....    give us a bit more info - we'll try to help...  

If it is "always happening" on a G ( the open string G3, the stopped G4 on the D and the G5 on the E string ) that sounds like a body-resonance issue where the body ( enclosure ) just happens to have a specific (unwanted) resonance at that frequency (and multiples thereof).   Frankly - I sort of suspect that's not actually the problem though.... LOL

Any chance of submitting an audio file to let us hear in more detail ?

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Fiddlerman
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May 8, 2016 - 7:27 am
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Measure the distance between the top of the fingerboard at the bridge end and the bottom of the string and let me know how much it is.
Also, eye the finger board to see if it is straight, concave or convex.

Could be that the fingerboard has risen, curved up. Unfortunately, It has happened to several instruments that we have sold. Climate affects fingerboards that are not cured long enough and of varying qualities.

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BillyG said

If it is "always happening" on a G ( the open string G3, the stopped G4 on the D and the G5 on the E string ) that sounds like a body-resonance issue where the body ( enclosure ) just happens to have a specific (unwanted) resonance at that frequency (and multiples thereof).   Frankly - I sort of suspect that's not actually the problem though.... LOL

Any chance of submitting an audio file to let us hear in more detail ?

Good point, Billy.

Very well thought out.

 

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