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Make Your Violin Sing: Bridge & Soundpost

The Violin consist of many bigger and smaller pieces of wood most of which are glued together. There are parts though that are not glued and that are removable and replaceable. Some of removable parts have no, or almost no, influence on the sound. It is a shoulder rest, a chin rest, a tailpiece with fine tuners, or without, and pegs. But there are two small parts that are crucial: the bridge and the soundpost.

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John Pearse

English studio musician John Pearse first began researching into music string manufacture in the mid-sixties. The first person, ever, to teach guitar on television with HOLD DOWN A CHORD in 1962- his BBC lessons have been seen in six countries while his PBS series, STRING ALONG, was shown in most US television markets encouraging grandparents to learn the guitar with their grandchildren!…/acoustic-guitar-strings John PearseHe is the author of some forty books on such diverse subjects as instrument building and technique- to cooking and the traditional art of fly fishing! He was a record producer. He started his own publishing company. He was, as he would put it, someone with a very low boredome threshhold. In 1965 John began his...

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Violin Bow: In Search of the Perfect

For those who don't play any string instrument the violin bow is just a stick with some hair attached to it. But it is not! It took bow makers and musicians centuries of experimenting with material, shape, length and weight until in the short classical period between 1785 and 1790 François Xavier Tourte, a French bow maker, in collaboration with the violin virtuoso G. B. Viotti, designed the model that is still in use. François Xavier Tourte (1747 – 25 April 1835) is considered to be the most important figure in the development of the modern bow. He has often been called the Stradivari of the bow. His bow is the perfect tool to make countless different strokes, some of which had...

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