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Mar 15, 2023 - 1:34:54 PM
1 posts since 2/23/2023

Ok easy on the newbie but what is the best source for a new bridge ?Thanks Jimmy

Mar 15, 2023 - 1:57:01 PM
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881 posts since 1/25/2008

All bridges are sold as blanks, and must be fitted to each individual instrument by someone (like a good violin luthier) who knows what they are doing.

Mar 15, 2023 - 3:43:36 PM

80 posts since 4/11/2022

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Originally posted by Oldgnome

Ok easy on the newbie but what is the best source for a new bridge ?Thanks Jimmy


International violin is probably the best source. The main part of fitting the bridge are the feet against the soundboard. I imagine that there are video's showing you how. I used to fit the bridge feet with sandpaper upside down, which works well enough, especially if you don't trust your skills with a knife, but the best way is with a knife and a grease pencil. Either way, your goal is to get as perfect a fit as possible. 

Mar 15, 2023 - 4:21:59 PM

1027 posts since 3/1/2020

As far as I know, International Violin is the only one that sells bridge blanks directly to the general public. Other vendors require a business ID. There are all kinds of blanks available online, but they tend to be junk.

Mar 16, 2023 - 4:31:54 AM
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881 posts since 1/25/2008

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Originally posted by fiddler135
quote:
Originally posted by Oldgnome

Ok easy on the newbie but what is the best source for a new bridge ?Thanks Jimmy


International violin is probably the best source. The main part of fitting the bridge are the feet against the soundboard. I imagine that there are video's showing you how. I used to fit the bridge feet with sandpaper upside down, which works well enough, especially if you don't trust your skills with a knife, but the best way is with a knife and a grease pencil. Either way, your goal is to get as perfect a fit as possible. 


There's a lot more to it than just fitting the feet! You have to get the height, shape, and thickness correct also.

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