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Aug 23, 2019 - 3:45:09 PM
7466 posts since 3/19/2009
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My bridge is thin but I love it.. I recently noticed that it was getting pretty bowed. After having read many posts about the topic, I decided to just deal with it.. I loosened the strings, removed the bridge, heated the iron, Ironed the bridge until it was again flat, and reinstalled it.. This all took about ten minutes. !!!

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:32:17 PM

kjb

USA

653 posts since 6/8/2013

how thin is it?

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:51:07 PM
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carlb

USA

2152 posts since 2/2/2008

Did that once in a different way. Soaked in water for some time, then clamped it for about a day or so. In a week the bow was back, so I've never done it again; just made a new bridge.

Aug 24, 2019 - 5:02:12 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

266 posts since 5/24/2016

My favorite fiddle has a very thin bridge. It's really old and survived this long so I'm hoping it's stable enough. Plus I love the sound of that fidddle, so I don't want to change it.

Lee, I haven't been playing so long, but I have been told that you can avoid a bowed bridge by pulling it straight and checking it every time you retune. It's been working like a charm the past two years.

Aug 24, 2019 - 5:04:42 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Jimbeaux

My favorite fiddle has a very thin bridge. It's really old and survived this long so I'm hoping it's stable enough. Plus I love the sound of that fidddle, so I don't want to change it.

Lee, I haven't been playing so long, but I have been told that you can avoid a bowed bridge by pulling it straight and checking it every time you retune. It's been working like a charm the past two years.


That sounds like good advice but it may not work on every bridge...I always try to keep mine straight, but over time it still curves...The topic has been discussed at length in another forum..

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:33:13 PM

908 posts since 6/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by carlb

Did that once in a different way. Soaked in water for some time, then clamped it for about a day or so. In a week the bow was back, so I've never done it again; just made a new bridge.


NOT the same as heating it dry. I'm not surprised the bow came back.

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