21 reasons why your instrument might be buzzing

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Finding why an instrument buzzes while playing is a task that bedevils luthiers. Dmitry Tarakanov presents a checklist for the most likely causes

Sometimes, looking for the part of an instrument that’s causing it to buzz is a task that can flummox even the most experienced luthier. The rattle resonates all over its body and we can hardly rely on our ears as we search for the place to blame.

Often our eyes are no more helpful than our ears for this task, as the area that is buzzing might not be easily seen. All we can do is to check the instrument, part by part, to find the reason for the unwanted sounds…

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