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How to Replace a Violin Bridge #2: Nicks and Tapering

04-02-2020 05:40 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

With the curve sanded, I use a small triangular file to nick the top edge where the four strings will sit. I used the previous bridge to determine this. At work I have a fancy ‘bridge marker’ which is handy if you are making the bridge from scratch. Notice also that the bridge looks very thick. Since I am doing this at home, I needed to make a jig that I use to hold the bridge so that I can taper it and make the top edge of it thinner. I’ve seen violins that come into the shop with these clunky bridges, but generally they play better when they are tapered. To make the jig I take a hunk of 2×3 pine from my scrap bin and put it in my bench vise standing p...

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