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Why do seams open? What do I do if I have an open seam?

How do you know a seam has opened?  Perhaps there was a “pop”, or your instrument started buzzing.  Sometimes it is more obvious, like the large 4” gap between the back and the rib on the bottom of your cello.  The seams are the equivalent of the canary in the coal mine for string instruments in the winter.  They are the release valve that opens, hopefully, before the tension causes the top or back plate to crack.

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Pernambuco vs. Carbon Fiber Bows

What is the relationship between the bow and our instruments?  Why do different bows make the instrument sound different?  How do I choose the best bow in my price range?  Should I try a carbon fiber bow as well as a Pernambuco bow?

Massimo Lucchi described the relationship between the bow and the violin this way: the bow produces the vibrations, the violin acts as an amplifier and transmits the vibrations.  Coming from a bow making family, Massimo emphasizes the importance of the bow.  Interestingly, professional players often converge with Massimo’s perspective over time, choosing an instrument and then a bow to develop the tone, dynamic range, and depth of the instrument.

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Should I Have My Instrument Checked Up By a Luthier?

Have you ever: picked up your violin and thought:  "you know, I used to really love this violin....I wonder why?"   Chances are, the violin is out of adjustment.

As weather changes and humidity levels rise and fall, instruments start to change.  Wood expands and contracts and as it does, the set ups, once perfect, not longer perfectly match the instrument and the tonal quality suffers.

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