Fiddle / Violin Blueprinting

We developed our blueprinting process initially for violin family instruments, including fiddles, based upon and extending the work of other workers.  The process generally provides even and crisp response, a more open and sweet general sound, better balance, greater brilliance, and a bit more projection.  Much of this comes from simply reducing noise.  


Our approach was initially derived from the work on violins by Deena Spears.  

Since then techniques from various workers including Jack Fry,

Evan Smith, and others have been blended in.  Violins are so small that very tiny amounts of scraping can have a significant effect.  The general steps are:


  1.  Correct and adjust the setup as required.
  2.  Set the B0 bending moment and neck resonance.
  3.  Go through the ribs, linings, blocks, bass bar, and plates to get them working well.
  4.  Go through the tailpiece and bridge, making preliminary adjustments.
  5.  String and play, evaluating tone, balance, and response.
  6.  Make a series of standard (e.g., post) and less so adjustments to get the

tone, balance, and brilliance where desired.

  1.  Refine the original adjustments, and make final F hole and bar adjustments

More detailed description of the process


Complete blueprinting: $195 plus any setup and repair costs


To have us perform this service, which included with the violin family instruments we sell, please fill out this .pdf and ship the instrument to the address shown.  We will assess the instrument for any additional work we believe required or beneficial and get back to you.  Email is our preferred communication method.  Payment is due when the work is complete and prior to return shipping.  We will invoice you and provide payment directions.