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Tail Gut Tuning Page....
(Modified 10/2017)
(Violin_86)
...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.
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..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.
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..If the tap tone is too high, evenly sand the sides with fine sand paper until proper frequency is reached.
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..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.
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Ideal Tap Tone...
........198 HZ