Getting the best from your instrument
Instruments work at their best when the set up of the instrument is maintained. Not only will a properly set up instrument sound it’s best, it will also feel the most comfortable to play.
Here is a list of items which sometimes need adjustment.
- Tuning pegs – Do they turn easily, or slip? Have they worn too far into the pegbox?
- Nut – Is the nut too high or low? Are the string grooves too deep? Do the string spaces work well for you?
- Fingerboard – Does it need resurfacing? Is the radius correct? Does the board have enough “dish”? Is it becoming unglued?
- Bridge – Are the strings the correct height above the fingerboard? Is the quality and cut of the bridge giving the best performance?
- Tailpiece – Is the tailgut too long? Does the tailpiece rattle or buzz?
- Sound post – Is it in the correct position, and have the correct tension and fit to help create the best sound?
In the humid months you may notice your instrument goes a bit dead and unresponsive. This can usually be corrected with either a soundpost adjustment, or new slightly longer post. This can be changed back when the weather becomes drier.
Repairs & Restoration
At North Shore Strings, we do more advanced repairs such as repairing cracks, neck resets and neck grafts. We maintain fleets of instruments for a number of schools, so repairing damage to stringed instruments is routine. If you require any help with damaged violins, violas or cellos, please don’t hesitate to contact us. All work is carried out to the highest standard.