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Left-Handed Violins

Left-Handed Violins

The inner workings of a violin, like the bass bar, soundpost and the way in which the plates are carved, are what support the various frequencies and give a violin the best tone.

So a violin with the strings reversed without being MADE to play left-handed is like rewiring your stereo to put low frequencies through the tweeters and the high end through bass woofers. The sound is no good, not to mention the right-handed angle of the neck makes playing more difficult.

These true left-handed violins are just like the regular models, but made from scratch specifically for left-handed players. Reversed bass bar and soundpost, reversed chin rest, reversed strings/pegs/bridge and neck angle all make for a custom instrument without a huge custom price tag.

Some makers will take a right-handed violin and alter it to be played left-handed. But even if it is done properly from the inside-out, sadly this means the violin has to be taken apart at the seams and the plates regraduated (carved out). Since one cannot add wood back to the plate (front or back of the violin), the plate will still be too thin in some areas. It's really not adviseable to do this to a violin and is better to build it right from scratch.

 

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