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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?
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.