Hi Bones,bones wrote:AH! now I undestand, I just read http://www.cello.org/index.cfm?fuseacti ... &tip=tip50
I have experienced wolf tones then, just not anything that made me want to smash the guitar up yet. Slightly duller tones or louder ones, yes I am familiar with those and notes that never seem to tune as I'd like particularly in the relationship between octaves across the 4th and second strings. I was thinking a wolf tone was a complete disaster rather than a minor flaw especially after hearing the likes of Segovia rattle on about them. I imagine the problem was worse in days gone by with poor string quality, anyway I've learnt something new today - again!
FWIW unless there is a major problem with an instrument it doesn't pay to get hung up on factors like the cedar or spruce debate or even what type of spruce and the odd note that doesn't resonate quite as desired. THE most important factor in owning and keeping a guitar is its playability, a musician will never make the best music on an instrument they hate playing, playability is the starting point, the sound next, everything else comes after that with cosmetics last.
1-I'm not shure how it would be to play with a low gauge A, along with higher gauge strings.1-replace the culprit string with a string of lighter gauge.
2-bow with greater pressure on the string
3-purchase what is called a "Wolf Mute," and mount it on the short section -of the string located below the bridge of the instrument,
4-German company called Gewa "has made a marvelous damper which is glued to the inside of the cello top
Hi James,jmdlister wrote:Hi fEZ,
Sorry, I somehow missed your last post.
Yes, the resonances will generally appear on different notes depending on the octave. It seems that your main body resonance is indeed at A2. Sadly the only way to fix this is probably to reach inside throught he soundhole, and remove some wood from the braces with a small plane - and it's possible you could introduce other problems. If you really want to have a go though, I'd be happy to guide you through the process.
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