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Protective padding under tailpiece (bridge-break protection)

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Jan 11, 2019 - 1:18:11 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

206 posts since 5/24/2016

Have any of you experimented with a kind of lightweight protective padding under a tailpiece that could prevent the tailpiece from slamming and gouging the table if a bridge breaks?

My bridge broke last night and I got two small scratches where the tailpiece slammed into the table.

I'm thinking there should be something to prevent this. Why don't manufacturers think of this???

It's a Wittner composite with four fine tuners. Maybe I can find some kind of rubber tubing that goes around the pieces that contact the table when the bridge breaks.

I'm also a little disappointed... I was so proud of this bridge that I prepared myself. I had it fitted so well to the table, the strings were even better positioned than my other fiddles and it sounded great. I probably made it too thin.

I think it happened because I switched to cross A and didn't check to make sure the bridge was still straight like I normally do.

Good thing I have another blank bridge.

EDIT: I'll make another post to focus on the bridge to keep the topics separate.

Edited by - Jimbeaux on 01/11/2019 01:23:34

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:48:53 AM
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3605 posts since 6/24/2007

Placing things on the varnish sometimes doesn't do well. Might could tack some velvety stuff under the fine tuners.

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:10:35 AM

kjb

USA

634 posts since 6/8/2013

the wittner tailpieces are some type of carbon or other composite, with fine tuners built in, this may help with that, not sure.

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:02:18 AM

4078 posts since 9/26/2008

And now there is a scratch so you can worry less about such things happening to what is ultimately a tool for making music. Granted, it is probably a beautiful piece of art in its own right, but ultimately it is for making music. The scratches won't affect that. Bummer about it though. I once had to give up a dance gig because of a double booking and the person I got to replace me had her bridge snap on the first dance. Luckily there was another fiddle there for her to use.

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:34:22 AM
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DougD

USA

9036 posts since 12/2/2007

Manufacturers don't think of this because it doesn't happen very often. In many years of being around fiddlers I don't think I've ever seen a bridge break. We did have a tailgut snap once during a gig in a hot bar, which was dramatic.
BTW, when you adjust your bridge make sure its truly "straight," i.e. perpendicular to the top of the ribs. When my bridges are prperly set they often apoear to be leaning towards the tailpiece, but they're really not.

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:51:39 PM

lapsteel

Canada

70 posts since 11/26/2016

Would a wide rubber band below the fine tuners work?

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