The Tone and Playing Response Adjusters have multiple moving parts. Will they buzz or make noise when playing an instrument? No, the adjusters are completely silent. They are lightweight and aren’t prone to vibrating or rattling because of the materials involved. In addition, they operate under some tension which holds everything together and keeps it from vibrating.
The violin and viola model appears to stick out a little from the end block of the instrument. Will that feel uncomfortable against my neck? The violin/viola model does, indeed, extend a couple of millimeters farther beyond the lower bout than many traditional end buttons (but not as far as the largest end buttons.) We have chosen to use 5 millimeter coupling nuts for acoustical and durability reasons, and find that players don’t tend to press a violin or viola against their neck at that location. In the event that a player briefly brushes against the Saddle Rider, its smooth and contoured design is comfortable and ergonomic.
Can I reuse the violin/viola model on different instruments? Yes, the Saddle Rider is re-usable and can be switched between instruments. Depending on the exact size of of an instrument’s end button hole, a plug for a violin and a viola can often be cut out of the same one-size-fits-all plug. If necessary, new one-size-fits-all plug blanks can be purchased from SaddleRiderMusic.com
How does the Saddle Rider change the sound of an instrument? For cello and bass models, removing the rubber cap in front of the Saddle Rider exposes a slot that allows the screw to be turned using a U.S. Quarter or other coin as a key. This action raises or lowers the downward pressure of the strings on the bridge thereby changing an instrument’s sound and playing response. Side-to-side adjustments affect the relative bass and treble response of an instrument. For the violin and viola model, these adjustments are made using an Allen key. More adjustment and acoustics information coming soon!