Last night, my violin made a strange creaking noise and every string came loose simultaneously
I cannot see anything obvious, but I am struggling to believe that my teacher says I just need some peg gunk . I mean they all came loose at ONCE, with a creak, like there was some kind of shift
Any ideas? and as simple as possible please
Hi, @PippyLongstocking. Sorry to read about your issue. I am going to put a shoutout to Fiddlerman in a PM for you, to get the message pointed out to him. He will most likely have a really good concise answer for you. I am sure you will soon get replies from others, too.
Welcome to the site, by the way.
Thank you Cid - I really appreciate that. That is really helpful - thank you
Did your bridge tip over?
Did your neck snap and get loose and snap, but not visibly so?
The bridge stayed put I think, and the neck seemed OK - but really I need to have a proper look over it this evening and see
I had the strangest night last night. I had just come home from work and a small child got knocked down in the street outside my house, and I rang emergency and gave first aid
Then when I came in to the house, I was just sat there staring into space - that's when the violin combusted - (REALLY freaked me out) and although I managed to tune it up again, I didn't attempt to play it or really properly check the neck or anything
I was in a bit of shock after the thing with the child so I didn't really do as many checks on the violin as I perhaps should have done
The tail piece is a great idea. when I get in, I will give thorough checks to tail piece, bridge and neck
In reality, I am pretty clueless about the set up of a violin and every time I need to change strings I get my teacher or luthier to do it (I really am that bad) but if there is anything obvious I feel fairly confident I will notice it on close inspection
@PippyLongstocking and others. Most likely cause is a broken tail piece gut. Second most likely cause is the seasonal change is humid level dimensionally changed the peg box and/or pegs, so that tension on the strings was released. No big deal in either case but make sure that the sound post remains in position before tightening the strings. The sound post often requires a downward force on the top plate to keep its position and attempting to use the violin with pout a sound post can cause damage to the instrument.
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I am home now and have inspected my violin thoroughly for the last hour
The bridge had moved slightly to the right 2-3mm. I plucked up some courage and unwound the strings and got that back in position but I wont tighten the strings just yet
But I am not sure about the soundpost, it is upright, but leaning slightly.
I have an old violin, (my starter one), for comparison and it does appear that the sound post is leaning more on the affected one, that it does on my starter one
I have attempted to add a photo of the soundpost position - if you can see it (it wil be a miracle if I have done it) but could you let me know if you think it is in the correct place?
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Most likely humidity change from a temperature change both of my fiddles had that issue when we got down in single digit temperatures two pegs on both unwound ne sitting in the case and the other on a stand, as well at the tuning on my bass and acoustic guitar went out of tune more than normal.
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