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Mike Spencer

United States
4 posts
since 6/14/17

06/14/2017 09:36:34 Reply with Quote

Hello all! It's my first time posting on this site so I hope some folks might have some info to share. Currently I have a client that has asked me to install a set of octave strings on a fiddle I restored for them. That part is a all good and I have the set up working well for string heights and etc. The string set is Sensicore Octave. D And A are sounding good and play well, the G likes to be bowed a bit slower but sounds good, the E is very weak and nasal sounding. Sound  post is set about 3mm behind and 1mm in, FB projection is 26.5, string length is 330mm after length is 54 and about 8mm tailgut from the saddle. This all pretty standard and usually very workable set up parameters for me. Question is how to get more/better sound out of the E? Is there a string from another set that could be used as a replacement? maybe adding more tension? Thanks in advance.

captainhook

United States
764 posts since 6/26/07

06/14/2017 14:45:30 View captainhook's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I have absolutely no applicable experience, but I would try a couple mm more afterlength/less free gut. When that doesn't help I would try a regular, or even heavy gauge, violin D string. When that doesn't work, I don't think I have any other ideas.

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Mike Spencer

United States
4 posts since 6/14/17

06/15/2017 06:39:29 Reply with Quote

Ok I'm going to try a regular violin D string first and see what happens. Thanks for the comment.

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Rowdy

United States
28 posts since 10/16/16

06/15/2017 08:24:08View Rowdy's MP3 Archive View Rowdy's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Have you tuned the tailpiece yet? Plucking the 'A’ string between the tailpiece and the bridge should be approximately three (3) octaves higher than plucking the open 'E' string. The open E string (E5 on the piano) intones at 659 Hz; and 3 octaves above E5 is E8 at 5274 Hz. 

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