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Violin setup

Careful and up to date setup can make good violin sound even better - equal on all notes, bright, easily responding...

Regretfully, even the best possible setup can not turn poorly made violin into a good (well sounding) one.


Proper violin setup - a necessity


A well reasoned opinion exists that making a good violin represents only one half of developing a well-sounding instrument. The other half is accomplishing a successful instrument setup.Proper fine violin setup

Violin setup always has been an especially complex process. A lot of delicate actions must be performed. But when an instrument is well made and properly tuned, it is a pleasure to handle and play for a musician and also to listen for an audience.

Czes briefly described the whole problem in his article "Some violin setup basics". Also, there are lots of good and not so good articles concerning violin setup on Internet. Among prominent examples, showing complexity of a whole process can be mentioned article of a Ann-Arbor based violin maker Joseph Curtin "Some Principles of Violin Setup".

An experienced luthier knows what must be done and how to ensure the maximum playability and the best possible instrument sound.

As a rule, a violin maker's attention is focused among other things - on testing of all joins, quality of a fingerboard surface, bridge, sound post, its position, operation of pegs etc

Proper and complex setup ensures good playability. But to get the best acoustical result it is necessary to perform fine soundpost, bridge, fingerboard, tailpiece tuning. This can be done by joining best traditional methods and contemporary testing technologies.


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At last I have my ideal violin. I turned down 14 instruments which came from all around the country, including an original cremonese violin, which I just couldn't convince myself to like. However I had no second thoughts about my new violin, made by Czes and Birute Kul, and instantly knew this was the one. The violin has very clean articulation and a sweet tone, also
projecting well. I have had many compliments about it. A lot of careful workmanship has obviously gone into the violin, which is very elegant and distinctive in looks. Before you look anywhere else, I strongly recomend Czes and Birute. It could save a lot of trouble, time and money.

Sarah K., Wellington


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