A website for the serious amateur violin maker, restorer and tinkerer. A violin's front and back can be tuned using tap-tones. Measure the tap tones and plate weights and adjust them to get the best sound, the kind of sound you want, or make an instrument that is easy to bow.

This site can help if you are making a violin or you want to improve  a low cost violin or viola.

By tuning and weighing the top & back plates be confident that you will get a really good instrument that responds well and can sound like a $1500 instrument.

Like the best coffee ...  LATTE!

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Light-weight plates, &

  A is for Arching,

   TT is for Tap-tones, &

      E  is for Edge-work.

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email: webmaster @platetuning.org

 Last updated:

1st.. Jan. 2021

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      I’ve have taken up composing music in 2020 that is since the COVID-19 UK lock-down.   MuseScore 3  (it’s free! free!) is a remarkable composing program  ... and I have posted some of my compositions here.

    Clicking on the item will download it to your PC/ laptop etc, and then it can be opened by the MuseScore 3.5 software which you will need to install: it really is free. There is also a MuseScore app for your mobile

   Pieces are broadly ‘classical’ for :-

  1. String quartet (which I understand somewhat),
  2. Wind trio (which I understand only the need to breathe), and
  3. two Marimbas or pianos (fun stuff).

String quartets ,

Wind trio ,

Marimbas or pianos (fun stuff).

Other composer’s music:    By Josh Roche: Concerto_for_Viola_and_OrchestraI, Movement 1,

 By SRFB_190 (Yuki Ishikawa):            String_Quartet_No.1 by SRFB_190 (Yuki Ishikawa), Aug '20 Vsn 1.6