This checklist will help in one of the most typical, essential, and frequent tasks in the violin shop - "setting-up" or adjusting a violin for sound and playability. Here at Strobels' we definitely live in the real world, and a majority of the violins we supply are inexpensive new instruments for students. Even though new violins are purchased as "shop adjusted", this is often a matter of interpretation - or euphemism. Optimal adjustment for the student means he will not be faced with gratuitous obstacles. Of course nothing less than the best is tolerable for the professional.

Optimizing the adjustment is a matter of experience and sensitivity of touch and hearing, but we have learned from time and tradition certain good typical measurements. This is why I wrote "Useful Measurements for Violin Makers, A Reference for Shop Use." It includes size and adjustment information for all sizes of the violin, viola, cello, and bass, and is indispensable for most violin shops, responsible music stores, and many professional string teachers.

So why am I writing this "checklist?" The idea just occurred to me this morning as I was working with my son, Henry Jr, who is learning the trade and setting up new student violins in our shop. Perhaps it will help others in similar learning situations. This is only an outline for a full size violin; the book has much more detail.

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