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The term "setup" is used to describe the final steps involved in making an instrument player-ready. Playing on an instrument that has been through a proper setup process is critical to the success of a student, as the way in which these steps are performed greatly impacts the playability of the instrument.

Instruments from Shar Music are unique in that each one, from beginner level to professional, is carefully shop-adjusted and tested by our highly trained staff of musicians. This ensures that when you order an instrument from Shar Music, you receive one of the highest quality instruments attainable anywhere.

Shar Music's comprehensive instrument setup includes:

  • A bridge hand-carved to fit the body of the instrument, allowing for the best transmission of sound from strings to instrument. We plane the bridge with proper thickness in mind, then shape it and ensure that the top is properly arched, for ease of bowing and string crossing.
  • A fingerboard that's been properly planed and finished. This is to make sure that the strings can be pressed down with ease, with no rattling or buzzing.
  • A sound post carefully positioned to allow for optimal sound transmission. This affords your instrument a full, focused tone that is not overly thin, bright, or flaccid.
  • Proper shaping of the instrument nut. This allows for a greater ease of fingering, and prevents premature string breakage.
  • Individually tapered pegs. This extra care assures that your pegs turn freely enough for string installation and easy tuning, but hold snugly when released.

The final inspection and play testing is done by skilled string musicians who can identify all the proper features of an expertly set up instrument: clear and focused tone, balanced sound, ease of playing, seamless string crossings, balanced dynamic response, and fast tonal response.

The result of all this extra attention to detail is an affordable instrument with superior sound qualities and playability. The Shar Music 30 Day Guarantee applies to every instrument purchased from us, so it's risk-free!