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Chiming in because although Brian’s answer is good it spreads a for some reason rather common misconception about the soundpost. The purpose of the soundpost is not to transfer vibration to the backplate. In fact violin makers will put in the soundpost in such a way that the grain is perpendicular to the grain of the top to prevent vibration of the soundpost....


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Does the fact that the soundpost is standing indicate that the soundpost does not require any extra adjustment? No. The soundpost basically transfers vibrations from the top plate to the bottom plate and how it does this depends on its position relative to the bass bar (internal piece of wood near the G string), the bridge and the strings. Changing the ...


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Starting from middle price level, the mechanics of a bassoon is silver-plated. Two issues I know for sure: for a general maintainance (for non-professional use required maybe all 8 years) all metal is removed from the instrument to receive a new silver-plating to judge from the amount of darkening which can be removed with a silver-polishing cloth I would ...


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Could you use clear nail varnish so your skin doesn't touch metal? This is common practice for brass players who would otherwise have an adverse reaction to their mouthpiece. I also did a web search for bassoons and some of the non-student models do feature silver-plated keys. Looks like only the cheaper (no such thing as a cheap bassoon!) models feature ...


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