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Jun 2, 2023 - 7:33:12 PM
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931 posts since 1/25/2008

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Originally posted by KCFiddles
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Originally posted by dogmageek

That sounds like the way to do it; start west then go in [east] shortening the post until you like it.


Works for me. Easier to take wood off than to add it back on, refining the fit and the tone together. On a good instrument, I'll do a basic setup, let it settle in for a few weeks of playing if I can, then do some final, very subtle tweaks that involve just a whisper's worth of wood, or a mm of movement. When the fit is good, the post almost automatically goes back exactly where it belongs.


I made a new bridge yesterday on a loud fiddle E Martin Bruno, the best bridge blank I had, which was a br7 Aubert a Mirecourt France; the old bridge had warped all haywire; still sounded good though, loud but noticeably nasal. The new bridge is thicknessed to spec; feet fit; my favorite arch. Yikes I looked at the post when I reread this thread and the post is way east about half the diameter is past the bridge foot; my fault because I made it some time ago. North south is ok; and it is well fit; looks like I'm making a new post and, hope to clear some of the nasalness tone.

I have been playing this fiddle out because it is loud but it could use some tone mellowing, but needs to be loud.

Jun 3, 2023 - 8:34:28 PM

1470 posts since 3/1/2020

quote:
Originally posted by dogmageek
quote:
Originally posted by KCFiddles
quote:
Originally posted by dogmageek

That sounds like the way to do it; start west then go in [east] shortening the post until you like it.


Works for me. Easier to take wood off than to add it back on, refining the fit and the tone together. On a good instrument, I'll do a basic setup, let it settle in for a few weeks of playing if I can, then do some final, very subtle tweaks that involve just a whisper's worth of wood, or a mm of movement. When the fit is good, the post almost automatically goes back exactly where it belongs.


I made a new bridge yesterday on a loud fiddle E Martin Bruno, the best bridge blank I had, which was a br7 Aubert a Mirecourt France; the old bridge had warped all haywire; still sounded good though, loud but noticeably nasal. The new bridge is thicknessed to spec; feet fit; my favorite arch. Yikes I looked at the post when I reread this thread and the post is way east about half the diameter is past the bridge foot; my fault because I made it some time ago. North south is ok; and it is well fit; looks like I'm making a new post and, hope to clear some of the nasalness tone.

I have been playing this fiddle out because it is loud but it could use some tone mellowing, but needs to be loud.


If you cut a new post in a very different position, make sure the fit of the bridge feet hasn't changed when you're done. Depending on where the post sits in relation to the bridge, the arch can fluctuate enough to affect fit. It should be easy to correct if there is any change, as it should only be a small amount. 

Jun 17, 2023 - 6:25:51 PM

931 posts since 1/25/2008

I made a post to go with the bridge that I made first; actually the bridge pretty much cured the tone issue. Post was a little longer maybe a millimeter if that; so farther west than the previous soundpost which was placed sticking out past the bridge foot; the angles were gentler and it went right in; rotated to the correct cross grain. Playing it in for a couple of weeks it is a major improvement.

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