How often and why should I have my instrument adjusted?

A violin is made from many individual parts and several different types of wood. Wood, being a porous material, is sensitive to changes in atmosphere, temperature and especially humidity. As each part of the violin expands or contracts at a different rate, factors like the neck angle or the tightness of the soundpost are affected, which in turn will influence the quality of sound.

Another cause for an instrument being “out of adjustment” is the bridge or soundpost being moved during daily use, either in the case of the bridge, while the player is straightening it or the bridge and soundpost being accidentally being knocked. Even a small movement of the bridge or the soundpost can have a large impact on the sound and response of an instrument. Often a small adjustment is all that is needed to restore the violin to its former beauty of tone. Occasionally, it sounds even better than before!