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Our Professional Set Up

To ensure exceptional playability, our handcrafted instruments require expert final touches. Simply for Strings’ professional luthiers adjust and inspect every instrument prior to taking pride of place in our store, or being delivered to your front door.

Our professional set up ensures not only high quality fittings, but exceptional playability. The Simply for Strings professional set up ensures your instrument is a delight to play from the moment you pick it up.

Nearly every instrument has the potential to be as comfortable for the player as possible, however, often, instruments can be neglected at one of the most vital stages of their lives, the set up.

The Simply for Strings professional set up, which is included in the cost of every instrument, is detailed below - part by part. We recommend only purchasing an instrument that has been professionally adjusted and inspected. A poorly adjusted and inspected instrument is very likely to increase ongoing costs and potentially result in bad technique. Competitive price is not always true value. Simply for Strings combines both competitive prices and quality instruments which will not only last longer, but enhance your performance skills as well.
Happy instruments make happy players.

All Simply for Strings instruments undergo a final inspection and are played for sound consistency by one of the expert team at Simply for Strings. Whether the instrument goes on display in our showroom, or is carefully shipped to your home, we ensure each instrument exceeds all specifications.

10. SOUNDPOST

Each soundpost is hand fitted to the instrument and properly placed to produce the maximum balance of tone quality and volume. A soundpost plays a significant role in the sound production of an instrument, as it connects the top piece to the bottom piece. An incorrectly positioned or carved soundpost can drastically change the sound qualities of an instrument. Soundposts fitted abroad by manufacturers can often be poorly fitted and placed in improper positions in relation to the bridge.

11. CHINREST

A fine quality chinrest must be well-shaped for comfort and balance and attached to the instrument securely.

1. BRIDGE

Each bridge must be hand cut with the correct curve and be fitted individually to each instrument. A carefully fitted bridge allows the strings to vibrate freely without touching the fingerboard, and maintains them at the proper height for easy playing.

2. NUT

The nut should have the correct height and spacing to insure that the strings do not touch the fingerboard so there is no “buzzing” sound when the instrument is being played. This also contributes to ease of playing.

3. FINGERBOARD

The fingerboard must be accurately trued and aligned, smooth and straight, with the proper curvature and correct length and thickness. Fine ebony wood is used, not stained or varnished, only lightly oiled.

4. PEGS

Fine quality ebony pegs individually fitted for smooth easy turning and ideal holding tension. We apply peg paste to all pegs to ensure they are easy to use, don’t creak, and hold firmly.

5. TAILPIECE

These must be sized in proportion to the size of the instrument as it is the link between the end button and bridge. Historically, the tailpiece has been made of the same material as the pegs and end button, however, modern tailpieces are made of new, very strong lighter materials with string adjusters built-in.

6. SADDLE

Made from ebony or a comparable hardwood, the saddle is stronger than the timber used for the body of the instrument. It is made this way in order to support the tail gut. It is checked to make sure it is fitted and carved correctly.

7. BASS BAR

Every instrument comes with a bass bar, a piece of timber on the inside of the instrument. It can be seen through the f-holes underneath the top piece. Not only does the bass bar help reverberate the instrument with low frequencies, but it provides much needed structural support. It is checked to make sure it has been fitted correctly.

8. TAIL GUT

The tail gut (or more commonly ‘tail nylon’) needs to be set at the correct length for optimal sound production. This is based off the length of the strings, and therefore effects string tension. An incorrectly fitted tail gut can contribute to string breakages. A correctly fitted tail gut also improves look of the instrument.

9. END PIN

The endpin supports the tail gut, and needs to be fitted firmly. Often an instrument will arrive from a workshop without a properly fitted endpin. Our Luthiers carve out the endpin hole and fit the end pin so it’s nice and snug!

10. SOUNDPOST

Each bridge must be hand cut with the correct curve and be fitted individually to each instrument. A carefully fitted bridge allows the strings to vibrate freely without touching the fingerboard, and maintains them at the proper height for easy playing.

11. CHINREST

Each bridge must be hand cut with the correct curve and be fitted individually to each instrument. A carefully fitted bridge allows the strings to vibrate freely without touching the fingerboard, and maintains them at the proper height for easy playing.

Final inspection

All instruments undergo a final inspection by the staff at Simply for Strings. This assures that the instrument meets or exceeds all specifications.

To find out more visit our contact page and get in touch with the Simply for Strings team.

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