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coolpinkone I was so happy! amuse I was beginning to worry something more serious was going to be wrong with it. 

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That's great news but I still wonder what the cause was. Humidity causes wood to expand and retract. Also, so you know, you have a lifetime of free checks and adjustments at Fiddlershop. If ever you are in Fort Lauderdale, bring it with you. :)

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admin I'm pretty sure it was dry air at the apartment I was dog sitting (being new to all of this I can't say for sure, but it seems like what it was). I've brought it there before, but not while the furnace was running constantly, it wasn't cold enough before so I'd usually turn it off at night, but this time it was cold and running the whole time. While it was there was when I could barely get it in tune, and the A string sounded dead (I don't know why only the A string?) and the dead sound to me seemed like the body of the violin, and why I felt so worried about cracks or loose seams (and went over it more than once looking for something). The weird buzz must have been something that was looser on it while the body was dryer than normal? Maybe even the sound post was a little loose, even though it stayed in place?

After letting it sit at home again for a few days unplayed is when it settled back to normal. While I have the furnace running at home, my violin is on the top floor where the furnace doesn't reach as well, and I keep the register closed, so the humidity stays at a pretty good level. The A string still sounds ever so slightly different than it used to, but I'm not hearing the buzz and dead sound anymore. 

Just all very weird, but since I've owned it, it hasn't been to such a dry place. My lessons are in the basement of a store that the building is around 100 years old, and it's very musty and damp down there all the time. One thing is for sure, my violin isn't going with me while I dog sit anymore, lol.

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The dogs might get sad. :( :)

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lol, fortunately the dog I watch is so deaf he doesn't get bothered by it. My own dogs hate it, lol. 

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elisadalviolin These strings don't have any of the tubes on them. I do have cloths that I use between my violin neck and the velcro strap, so I was kind of surprised to feel the dimple forming. But I guess even with the cloth, after enough time one would form?

 

Interesting, thank you for the information. I'll keep an eye on that 

I'm glad your Ming is back to normal :)

 
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If the buzzing seems to be coming from one particular string the first thing I'd do is swap it out for another string and see if the buzzing stops. I once had a very annoying buzz. Turned out it was coming from my D string. While the string was still intact and in tune the silver winding on the string was broken and therefore loose. Thus when the string vibrated the loose winding rattling against the core of the string created the buzz.

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