Many professional musicians develop shoulder problems, tight muscles in back, arms and neck, as a result of a poor setup; as well as any kind of intonation issues and buzzes, noises etc can be set-up related.
I have been specially trained overseas for 4 years at Geigenbau Machold or what they are now called´Machold Rare Violins´ to setup and restore instruments for performance on the highest level.
Combined with my 28 years of professional experience, I have been serving you the best and most professional, here in Brisbane, when it comes to sound improvement, restoration, repairs, setup or advise about any other violin related matters.
Reasons for muscle tightness and other pains which are instrument related:
too hollow fingerboard
wrong fingerboard curve
sound setup not properly done, instrument does not speak as easy as it should
too high bridge or wrong bridge curve
too high nut or uneven spacing of the grooves
wrong tension strings
bad bow re-hair
wrong choice of bow
and obviously the settings and choice of the chin rest and shoulder rest
This afternoon, I was sitting in my shop drinking coffee and not doing any work, looking around thinking what a beautiful shop this is. I spend the last 9 Years nearly every day here creating violins with fantastic sound, doing restorations to give old violins a new live and having a lot of fun doing so.
Here is a Photo of the last two Studio Violins I finished. I antiqued the varnish so they do not only sound beautiful but look it as well.
The Ilja Grawert Studio Violins are a special line of instrument handmade in the Violin Makers workshop. They are priced between AUS $ 4,995 to AUS $ 11,000. They are handcrafted after the model of famous Italian, French and German makers and are all varnished with varnishes made with old traditional violin varnish recipes. Through my unique and extensive knowledge of how the sound of a violin works I fine tune the instruments sound to a beauty usually only found in much more expensive instruments.
There are no other instruments with these superior features available.
I just cleaned a Violin over the past few days. Here are the before and after photos. That was a hard job, rewarding though. I is worthwhile to get the instrument serviced ones a year if you are a professional player or a bit less often if you don’t play as much.
Wiping your Violin with a microfiber cloth after playing will keep it cleaner for much longer. Please never user any cleaners not even violin cleaners, they very often make the varnish sticky and so make the dirt stick even more to the violin.