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  • #15511

    rrachael912
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    How do I know if the sound post is in the right place? My brigde got jostled a little bit but I slid it back into the center so the strings are centered again. I just don’t know if my sound post is in the wrong place. It is not centered or directly under the bridge from what i can see.

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    #15545

    Scott Adams
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    Hi there! Great question. Glad to hear that you were able to get the bridge shifted back into the correct location. As for the sound post, its correct location is not supposed to be centered or directly under the bridge. I’m not a luthier, so the actual correct location is still a magical mystery to me, but I do know it isn’t centered. 🙂

    Play on the instrument for a bit and listen closely to the tone. If it’s still nice and bright and what you expected prior to the dreaded bridge incident, then no worries. However, in my experience, instruments that need a sound post adjustment tend to sound a bit like they’ve had a wet blanket thrown over them. The sound quality is a bit lifeless and dull – not as clean and bright as you’d expect to hear from a violin. If this is the case, don’t stick anything in there and move it yourself. Find your nearest luthier (many string shops have their own) and have them look at it. The adjustment is not an expensive one, but it’s definitely worth the trouble!

    #15709

    rrachael912
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    Thanks so much! That is very helpful and it sounds good to me 🙂

    #16196

    BusyTXMama
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    I’ve watched a couple of youtube videos about this, and they all say the sound post is supposed to be in line with the right foot of the bridge (high string side). It’s not directly under the foot, but either just in front or behind it (can’t remember which one.) Hope that helps 🙂

    #16199

    Scott Adams
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    I cannot street enough, though, with both of you… do not make adjustments to a sound post unless you’re a trained luthier. It doesn’t matter how much info is posted online about proper placement. Every single instrument will end up having a different sweet spot. Only a person with experience will know how to tell what needs to happen based on sound.

    #16200

    Scott Adams
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    If not, you can very quickly and easily ruin the delicate post, and possibly the instrument. Then, your luthier visit will be much more expensive than originally…

    #16246

    Priscilla Gaskins
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    very interesting posts-I am learning a lot about my instrument!

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