I’m josh, I just got a Tower Strings Legend violin and I can say that it is definitely not a guitar. For 3 days, using 4 chromatic tuners, apps, piano and the other violin strings, I CANNOT GET THE A STRING to tune much higher than a G. I’m pressing in on the peg, I emailed fiddlershop but they didn’t respond. Sometimes the string is a lower pitch after I tune it. At least my ukulele will be tune for a few seconds. I have some peg dope. I wonder if it could be the string quality. They are preludes and I plan on getting the Fiddleman strings ($32) and are a different material. Can anyone help me raise the A string to the tune of A? I will settle with A flat at this point! Any help??
Hi Josh, welcome!
I have the same issue tuning myself, and generally make a mess of it if I try to tune my violin while it is in a playing position and bowing. I am just not that cool and coordinated yet!
So I generally hold mine upright so it is easier to put some pressure on the opposite side of the peg I am tuning with while pushing the peg in.
Hopefully that helps, and hopefully some day I can join the cool kids tuning while in playing position.
Thank you both for the advice. Cid, I called fiddlershop yesterday and spoke with her someone at length about the problem. She had me send in photos of the scroll section of the violin and while still on the phone with her she emailed me links of the guy explaining how the peg must be pushed in while tuning and a video of how to take the chin rest off (separate and solved issue). The different strings were discussed only because I explained that I had a birthday coming up and wanted to upgrade something and asked what she had to say about strings. I didn’t hear back from her after I sent the photos, so last night I emailed her again to specifically ask if the problem would be fixed with new strings, if she had any idea what the problem was or even a “worth a shot” solution. Unfortunately, I still didn’t hear back from her but I agree with you about the customer service. They are the reason why I bought a violin and why I bought the one I did buy. Just to make sure you understand my issue, doing anything once I get the string in tune is not possible because I have not been able to get it above a G that is about 10 cents sharp. As far as the other strings...they all will tune up to pitch but they don’t like it and they go about a half a note flat. Anytime I have gotten the other 3 strings up to tune, my bridge feet on the saddle side are no longer touching the body. I adjust the bridge the way the guy suggests on the fiddlershop website, but that of course causes the strings to go a little more flat. But I can still at least discern with my ear what note the string is or should be. The A string will never sound like an A; no matter the octave or anything else. I have not tried the suggestion of attempting to reach my left hand under the headstock and tune the peg while I’m plucking the string. I will try this but if it does work I am not sure what I would do about it. I have never changed the strings before (obviously) or i would try to restring the A string. I will phone fiddlershop again tomorrow morning and I will be more assertive about my desire to come to a solution. I got this on Christmas Eve! I might not ever be good enough to play the fiddle but I wanna fiddle that is playable non the less!
Thanks so much for the reply! I consider myself to be fairly computer literate but I have never been comfortable with forums. They remind me of casinos in that the rules require more focus than the game. On some forums doing more than introducing yourself in the introduction forum would cause people to lose their minds. Just nosing around on the internet, I have read others stating similar issues with a string, so I think you are absolutely right about posting my problem in the appropriate forum should get more responses. I am starting to get concerned to be honest. If I could at least get the string to tune for a split second, I would feel better about it. Thanks again
Hello Josh, and welcome to the forum and the fiddle!
This is a copy and paste of one of your posts,
"Just to make sure you understand my issue, doing anything once I get the string in tune is not possible because I have not been able to get it above a G that is about 10 cents sharp. As far as the other strings...they all will tune up to pitch but they don’t like it and they go about a half a note flat. Anytime I have gotten the other 3 strings up to tune, my bridge feet on the saddle side are no longer touching the body."
Just a question are you positive your tuning to the correct octave G3, D4, A4 and E5? I have broken string early on in my playing trying to tune to the wrong octave. Is the bridge located on the center line of the fiddle between the F holes, there are some instances where the bridge maybe slightly off center if the alignment of the neck and saddle are slightly off when they were glued up but a straight edge should verify that, if thats an issue.
Is the sound post still standing upright?
Perhaps its a bad string?
I wish I could see it in person, you have my interest perked as to why your having issues with tuning.
Keep us updated as to the issue your having with tuning.
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