Violins Australia has a workshop with professionally trained Luthiers who set-up all musical instruments that we sell.
The set-up of violins, violas, cellos and double basses drastically affects not only the sound that the instrument produces, but the playability and functionality of the instrument as well. All of our instruments are set-up and played by one of our professional luthiers before leaving the premises to make sure the instrument is playing, sounding and functioning at its best.
What is involved in our set-ups?
- Cutting and shaping the bridge
The bridge is one of the most important elements on a string instrument, and can make a world of difference if fitted correctly. The bridge directs the vibrations of the strings down into the resonating chamber (body) of the instrument, producing both the volume and quality of the sound. The height and curve of the bridge also affect the playability of the instrument, with these two factors influencing string height from the fingerboard and the ability to execute smooth string crossings.
Our luthiers therefore ensure that the bridge is cut at the correct shape, height and thickness; the feet of the bridge are also shaped perfectly to fit the contour of the belly.
- Sound post fitting
The soundpost and the bridge work collaboratively in producing the quality of the sound. The soundpost sits inside the violin and its location is determined by the relative position of the bridge. Our luthiers cut the soundpost so that it sits flush up against the belly and back of the instrument making sure that the vibrations of the strings have an unbroken path down the bridge, through the soundpost into the resonating chamber of the violin.
- Peg servicing
Our luthiers ensure that each peg is cut and fitted correctly, to allow them to turn smoothly yet still hold their tuning. To help with the functioning of the pegs, we also apply a special peg paste compound during the setup process.
- Nut sculpting
Between the fingerboard and the scroll lies the nut. The nut plays a crucial role in spacing the strings and the height at which the strings sit from the fingerboard. An incorrectly sculpted nut can lead to a ‘buzzing’ sound being produced by the strings vibrating against the fingerboard, or broken strings. Our luthiers carefully shape each nut, and ensure that the grooves in which the strings sit are completely smooth.
What if my store wishes to do our own set-ups?
If you have a professionally trained Luthier and wish to do your own set-ups in-store, no problem! We can send out the instruments 'as is' and deduct the cost of set-up. Please make a note of this on your order.