I am taking my violin to a luthier on the recommendation of my teacher (though I have been considering it for a while). Recently it has been 'sounding a bit off' - it has a forced quality to the tone, and doesn't 'feel' as resonant. My teacher has tried it out, and agrees, so it can't be entirely my playing!
- I've had persistent trouble with the soundpost. I've taken it to a different luthier a few times, and after a few taps it sounds a lot better. It eventually resorts to sounding bad again.
- The instrument 'wants' me to play with the bow nearer the fingerboard. It sounds scratchy nearer the bridge (my teacher has bourne witness to this too). Is there something a luthier can do about this?
- The bridge is quite steeply curved, partially due to the fingerboard having a more prominent 'tilt', but I want to know if it is too much.
- I'm not sure if the strings (Evah Pirazzi Green) are too tight for it.
- What are some good questions to ask a luthier about general violin maintainence?
- What could they do for the instrument that I would not be able to?
- How can I make sure the luthier addresses all the above points and any others I haven't found yet?