Why is my violin so scratchy?

There are several factors that can affect your violin’s action, such as:

Incorrect string tension (too short string makes your strings too stiff)

Over tension

Under tension

Wrong string choice (too stiff, too thin, or too thin)

Under tension causes the violin to rub a bit and has the possibility to damage the neck. This problem is usually the most common cause of damage to the neck of the violin.
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Under tension is simply the fact that the strings are not tight enough. When the strings are too tight the strings can slip from their holes. This can occur because strings are too heavy and have been used too long or too heavily for the length of the string. If too much tension is applied the strings can also come off the needle, resulting in “straining” (thickly peeling) of the strings.

It is very important to note that under tension is not the case in “striding” violins. Striding violins have the advantage of being able to produce a sharper sound even with the same string tension.

It is also important to stress that under tension has no relationship to your violin’s “strideability”. These two attributes are completely independent. Striding performance has many factors, including a violin’s mass, wood type and number of strings. You may very well be able to tune your violin to an ideal tension without under tension, so do not worry about it if you need to adjust tension yourself.

Should I use a bow with a violin in my collection?

Bows are good for some violins, but not all. Bow selection is important and this topic is one of the most frequently asked questions by customers.

Most bows of similar size have the same amount of tension but different “pads” (small gaps). If it rains on your violin you should probably get some extra string tension when it is first put in your bag (remember the strings aren’t going to last long). However, you should use a nice bow for every type of violin. Remember, you may be able to easily adjust tension based on what you play, so you might be able to tweak the tuning while playing and still retain a nice sound.

How do I find a bow that fits my violin?

You may want to see what different bows weigh. They are typically rated to about 10 percent of the full “bark” of the violin. Many violin makers offer their own recommendations for which