Shopmade Luthier Tools #27: Small brass soundpost setter

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 08-10-2017 09:54 PM 1683 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was looking around for pictures of violin soundpost setters when I found one on eBay with a ram’s horn hook on one end (my term).

Its uniqueness attracted me, so I went down to my workshop, grabbed a length of 1/4 inch brass strip. I split one end with a hack saw and cold chisel and shaped the ram’s horns with taps of a ball peen hammer. After I got that end to look satisfactory, I used files, my belt and disc sander, and a brass wire wheel to shape and polish the instrument. I actually had to use it today on a 1/2 size violin and it worked like a champ.

[Below] Comparison of my ram’s horn and a standard violin soundpost setter.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 10:46 PM

Sharp lookin’ tool you made, Sir.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 12:32 AM

Sharp lookin tool you made, Sir.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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