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Cross Tuning and Sound Post

Posted by artcarnie on Sunday, May 30, 2010

I starting cross tuning my fiddle more offend about 6 months ago. For sure the string tension is different and the higher strings require more bow real estate to get the some volume.  If I got another fiddle should I snug up the sound post under the treble side of the bridge?

9 comments on “Cross Tuning and Sound Post”

Mandogryl Says:
Monday, May 31, 2010 @5:08:36 AM

I am not sure. I will tell you that the only cross-tuning I do is EEBE, and I keep a fiddle dedicated to that.
I don't care for the constant drastic changing of string tension. I guess AEAE wouldn't be so hard on the instrument.

bj Says:
Monday, May 31, 2010 @6:13:51 AM

John, I crosstune, and I've never had to readjust a soundpost to do so.

KCFiddles Says:
Monday, May 31, 2010 @8:26:29 AM

IF the post fits well, leave it alone. No need to move it for different tunings.

artcarnie Says:
Monday, May 31, 2010 @5:59:07 PM

Today a played a friend's fiddle it sounded great but in cross tuning the E string was a little weak.

BGT Says:
Sunday, June 6, 2010 @4:35:50 PM

I n a way, the perception of a weak E in crosstuning is an illusion. If you percieve it to back to normal when you go back to standard you'll see it didn't really change. AEAE makes a fiddle more resonant as strings hum in unison. Makes a fiddle sound more resonant on the low strings.

artcarnie Says:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 @9:46:51 AM

Like a sleeping next to a very large person everything rolls towards the weight. Some mattresses have different hardnesses. So a small adjustment might give just a little edge.

mike jarboe Says:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 @2:45:06 PM

I play in a bunch of tunings and have never had a problem with either my good fiddle or my cheap one.

mike jarboe Says:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 @2:46:17 PM

I forgot to include the point of my comment: that I've never made a soundpost adjustment due to crosstuning.

artcarnie Says:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 @10:02:55 PM

Mike, I down loaded your Cumberland Gap a while back. It like it. But I also play guitar and the more I play it the more I fiddle around with it. So subconsciously you might increase your bow spend on the E string without even knowing it when in cross A tuning or maybe not. Just trying to keep an open mind about things. One shouldn't be affraid to express an idea. I know some people buy expensive E strings. Why? But do like your sound!

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