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Playing the violin can be incredibly demanding. It’s important that the instrument itself does not stand in the way of the musician’s ability to draw out its best sound.

The shape of the neck and fingerboard are central to left hand comfort, to smooth and accurate shifting and to intonation. The soundpost and bridge are at the heart of generating the instrument’s tone, but also impact the player’s bowing and left hand experience. A well fitting soundpost optimizes the tone and provides for some seasonal adjustability.

Fittings, of course, facilitate the ease with which an instrument can be tuned, but may also be manipulated to influence the tone.

These elements, considered together, are what we refer to as the instrument’s set up. Good set up work should support and inspire confidence in the player. Very often, the difference is in the details.