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Tonal Adjustments

Joshua Bell performing a concert on a Guarneri del Gesu violin on loan from Rare Violins of New York

Tonal adjustments are an opportunity for musicians to work directly with our restorers to achieve a set-up that is optimal for both the instrument and player. These appointments insure that an instrument is functioning in a manner that permits technical ease and freedom of expression. 

Tonal issues that players most commonly experience include lack of clarity, uneven or unbalanced sound across registers, slow response, limited dynamic range, wolf tones, or audible buzzing.  Many of these issues become more pronounced as the weather transitions to a new season, or if a player has been traveling between different climates.  On a well set-up instrument, these issues are quite often the result of an open seam or faulty strings, and can be easily addressed.

Once an instrument has been examined by the workshop, appropriate solutions can be presented to the player.