Sound Adjustment

My ongoing education includes regular attendance at the Oberlin Violin Makers Acoustics Workshop.  This annual gathering collects some of the world’s foremost luthiers and acoustics researchers to share information and actively research topics in violin family acoustics.

If your violin or viola is not sounding its best, a checkup and sound adjustment may be called for. Based on your own experience with your instrument and my observations I will provide you with some ideas of what can be done to improve or alter the quality of sound your instrument produces.


The following are checked:

  • open  seams
  • Correct neck projection
  • Condition of the fingerboard, nut, and saddle
  • Proper string heights.
  • Fit, placement, condition and quality of soundpost and bridge
  • Tailpiece, tail-gut and accessories


This may involve making corrections or adjustments to all of the above as well as possibly making a new bridge and/or soundpost; adjusting  string after-length; and trying alternate tailpieces, tailguts, and strings.  Even changing chinrests may have a dramatic effect on tone quality and responsiveness.


The initial diagnosis is free. Sound adjustment cost is based on time spent adjusting soundpost, bridge position, tailgut, etc ($75 per hour/ prorated – $25 minimum). Shop work (new bridge, soundpost, fingerboard dressing, neck resets, etc., quoted separately).