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replacing a fingerboard
fingerboard materials and do they change an instrument's sound quality
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Hello group, so I have an Anton Brenton AB-10 I picked up back in November last year to start my violin journey, it's not a terribly bad instrument, but defiantly not high quality, it had ebonized hardwood rather than ebony for a fingerboard and nut, pegs chin rest and the tail pin too. Well, I'm a great woodworker and have enough resources on hand to swap out all that stuff with no problem. And my question is, the violin had a rather flinty, trebly sound before the fingerboard swap, and now its sounds smother. How did just a change from painted walnut to ebony make such a difference? All my repair data came from the Violin making Manuel so no I didn't just wing it haha!  Here's a before and after 

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@deerfiddle -

It's really great that the work you put into it made an improvement!

Can't see any photos.

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deerfiddle said
Hello group, so I have an Anton Brenton AB-10 I picked up back in November last year to start my violin journey, it's not a terribly bad instrument, but defiantly not high quality, it had ebonized hardwood rather than ebony for a fingerboard and nut, pegs chin rest and the tail pin too. Well, I'm a great woodworker and have enough resources on hand to swap out all that stuff with no problem. And my question is, the violin had a rather flinty, trebly sound before the fingerboard swap, and now its sounds smother. How did just a change from painted walnut to ebony make such a difference? All my repair data came from the Violin making Manuel so no I didn't just wing it haha!  Here's a before and after 

  

I am not sure, but I suspect the density of the ebony plays a big part. Also, maybe when you swapped it, you attached it more securely? Just my hunch. 

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