How to Replace a Violin Bridge #1: The Feet and the Arch

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 04-02-2020 05:21 PM 470 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of How to Replace a Violin Bridge series Part 2: Nicks and Tapering »

I had to make a new bridge for my teardrop fiddle to overcome a problem with the E string. I needed to raise it up a bit to facilitate bowing the E string by itself.

Here is a fresh, new violin bridge.

On a standard, archtop violin, the feet would be shaped to conform to the arch of the top. Since my fiddle is flat, I just used my disk sander to do the job.

Having the previous bridge is handy for creating the replacement one. Violins vary due to age, brand, repairs, etc. Here I used the previous bridge to draw the height of the new one.

Since I know that a correction must be made, I then raised the angle of the old bridge and drew another line to aim for.

Using my disk sander I carefully sand down to the line I drew.

See part II for the rest!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-02-2020 06:07 PM

That simple, eh?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-02-2020 06:51 PM

That simple, eh?

- Dave Polaschek

Hehe. It’s simple once you know what you are doing… until you encounter a persnickety violinist.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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