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Oct 16, 2019 - 5:47:16 PM
2 posts since 3/3/2019

Can I buy a high quality bridge that is pre-cut for old time/bluegrass? or is this not a thing?

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:52:51 PM

231 posts since 1/5/2009

You can buy a bridge blank, but it will need to be fitted and adjusted. You would be better off to talk to a local Luther.

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:29:30 PM

146 posts since 1/3/2019

Self adjusting bridges are available...musiciansfriend.com/orchestral...000000516

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:21:27 AM

441 posts since 9/1/2010

Bridges are cut to fit your play style, but more importantly to fit the instrument. The feet need to sit flush against the top of the fiddle. I'm not sure how well those self-adjusting bridges work, but I imagine they have their limits or else everyone would be using them. Luthiers spend a fair amount of time fitting and adusting the feet as well as the thickness and arc of the top. Shouldn't be very expensive to have one cut if you have a local shop that does it.

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:03:41 AM
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carlb

USA

2165 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by rosinhead

Bridges are cut to fit your play style, but more importantly to fit the instrument. The feet need to sit flush against the top of the fiddle. ..................... Luthiers spend a fair amount of time fitting and adusting the feet as well as the thickness and arc of the top. Shouldn't be very expensive to have one cut if you have a local shop that does it.


My guess is that it would cost at least $100 to have a bridge fitted by a luthier. It's not the cost of the bridge (best quality ones are no more then $20) but the the time it takes to fit the feet. Adjusting the top height and curvature is much easier at the end.

If you have an interest and good hands, you might find instruction and how to fit and carve the feet. I would recommend an adjustable string lifter, so you can keep the pressure on the top (so the sound post won't fall over) while fitting the feet. Very sharp tools are recommended. It's not really difficult, but patience is important as you only remove paper thin pieces at a time. Sanding to fit is not recommended by my fiddle doctor, except when initially thinning the entire bridge, though I leave mine a little thicker in the middle.

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:24:09 AM

2157 posts since 10/1/2008

There are several vids on Youtube about fitting a violin bridge. If you are "handy" and have the tools you can do it yourself. Keep in mind someone that has fit hundreds if not thousands of bridges will likely have a better outcome. Also on a "self adjusting " bridge you still have to shape the top. Luck ... R/

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:50:18 AM

441 posts since 9/1/2010

quote:
Originally posted by carlb
quote:
Originally posted by rosinhead

Bridges are cut to fit your play style, but more importantly to fit the instrument. The feet need to sit flush against the top of the fiddle. ..................... Luthiers spend a fair amount of time fitting and adusting the feet as well as the thickness and arc of the top. Shouldn't be very expensive to have one cut if you have a local shop that does it.


My guess is that it would cost at least $100 to have a bridge fitted by a luthier. It's not the cost of the bridge (best quality ones are no more then $20) but the the time it takes to fit the feet. Adjusting the top height and curvature is much easier at the end.

If you have an interest and good hands, you might find instruction and how to fit and carve the feet. I would recommend an adjustable string lifter, so you can keep the pressure on the top (so the sound post won't fall over) while fitting the feet. Very sharp tools are recommended. It's not really difficult, but patience is important as you only remove paper thin pieces at a time. Sanding to fit is not recommended by my fiddle doctor, except when initially thinning the entire bridge, though I leave mine a little thicker in the middle.


I guess i've been getting a hell of a deal at $50-$60 and didn't realize it.  Anybody else paying that much for a bridge set-up?

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