Setup & Regulation becomes conceivable once all of the parts and the relationships are clearly understood.
Each part of any musical instrument has influences, directly and indirectly, on one another. Of course. This is why it becomes seemingly complicated.
For example the bridge influences both the pressure of the strings on a violin’s top and its thickness influences vibrational response. At the same time, it’s position has a direct relationship with the intonation (the spaces between notes) and a direct resonant relationship with the sound post which regulates/ equalises the sound that the instrument produces tonally and volume. All of which comes back to how easy or hard it is for you to play.
Enough to make anyone confuzzled.
Some of the parts have a greater influence on sound than others and some influence playability more; some both. Together they make it easier to produce a pleasing sound at the same time as making it an easy’er journey from beginner to away we play.
In this part of the blog we, of course, do not feel that we have all of the answers. Please comments for discussion where we missed something or lost you.