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So, I just noticed something and I'm not sure if it means I need an adjustment or if this is just the nature of things-
I have been enjoying the nice sustain of my violin since it's been played a lot since I got it and it's been kept safe from dryness in the winter, it sounds really nice. It did come out of my hands a week ago, but it was a gentle fall onto carpet, and the only thing I could find was that I needed to retune A. It seems to be fine. But just now, I noticed something odd- a certain etude I play starts with these two notes on the E string: B flat to A. I noticed that there is absolutely No sustain on B flat, but there is on A. The sustain increases as you go down the string which makes sense, but the difference between A and B flat is quite abrupt, since it goes from some small amount of sustain on A, to nothing when you lift the bow up off from playing a B flat. Sounds rather dead. Is this an indication that a sound post adjustment is in order? Or an expected effect of traveling up the fingerboard and having less than perfect bowing skills / worn out bow? What do you think?
Hmmmm... that's difficult ( for me ) - let me share something - and maybe not totally related - but similar ( different string ) -
I have observed on my FM Concert ( the only "real violin/fiddle" I have - the others are unworthy of mention... ) - I can detect a quite obvious change in sound intensity ( i.e. "ringing" - or lack of it - as you mention ) on the A string when playing around B-flat-C-C#. This is not "wolfing" - it is "just an unexpected difference in sound volume and sustain" when the note is held
I have researched this, and it appears THAT is not an un-common resonance point in the sound-box. It is "normal" and, it is (in my situation) understood, and, is now unimportant, and can be catered for in playing ( if / when I need to )
Now - I have - on "Hermano del Diablo" ( my 4/4 violin restrung as a viola ) played with the soundpost ( never felt the need to touch the FM Concert as yet ) - and - my findings on THAT experiment said to me "yes, this can be significant" - so - perhaps - in the fall-to-the-floor - maybe the SP has moved ? Don't know of course - but it might just be related.... just a guess... so many things can unexpectedly affect your sound production. I take it all other strings are fine ?
I would suspect the SP rather than the bow right now... but just a thought????
EDIT: Or, if it was dropped - even a jolt on the bridge ? Other mechanical aspects ? Is the E still seated in the nut and bridge grooves and so on... ? ( I had, un-noticed ) an E ( well, I mean the top string - the A on the viola-strung fiddle ) that was sitting proud of the bridge slot I had cut for it.... took 4 minutes of wondering what was going on until I put my reading-glasses on and discovered it wasn't sitting in the slot - .... take a real close inspection of all mechanical/setup aspects of your fiddle... question everything... LOL
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