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The soundpost in the violin has been the centre of attention by makers

and those setting up the instrument to optimum performance. This has

included strength of output, evenness across the strings (i.e. over the

range of the violin) and subtle qualities of timbre and response. It is no

wonder that it has been regarded as the soul of the instrument. Indeed

the French word for soul—l’ame—is also that for soundpost.