(Modified 12/2015)
Tail Gut Tuning Page....
...Now that the violin is strung up and well tuned, we can turn our attention to the tailgut of the tailpiece:
...When we tap the tail gut perpendicular to the axis from the outside / in; we want this tap tone to be the same as the back plate {198 HZ/ G below middle C on the piano).
...This will also help with the brilliance of the tones played.
...The two two tail gut lengths are tuned separately; and should be the same frequency: 198 HZ. (same as back plate).
..... I want to express my thanks to Pierre Lieba for his work on tail gut tap tuning and his encouragement that it is an important area to tap tune.
..If the tap tone is too high, evenly sand the sides with fine sand paper until proper frequency is reached.
..Direction to tap for frequency. We want this tap tone to be the same as the center of the back plate: 198HZ which is G below middle C on the piano keyboard. The two sides are tuned separately.
..This is the area that must be thinned if the tap tones are too low. A small square file is handy. File more on the side that is too low. Be sure to tape off varnish and edge of plates to protect during tuning procedure.