My nicer violin is in the shop having some peg work done to it, so in the mean time I'm back to playing on my old violin for a week or so. It's a somewhat okay sounding vso that cost about $150. I swapped the strings and did some work to the pegs a while back so they would turn smoother. I'm finding that it's rather unplayable at the moment. The other night I, rather successfully, carved down and reshaped the arch of the bridge so the strings would be at approximately the proper height. Perhaps I might work on the arch a little more to get the e string a tad lower, but overall it helped a lot to do so. All I used was my trusty pencil/compass, rough grain sandpaper, a fine grain sandpaper, a good old swiss army knife, and an x-acto knife. (Luthiers everywhere are more than likely cringing at that).
Next, I want to take a stab at thinning out the bridge. Based off my ruler the top of the bridge is ~2.75mm thick and the bottom is ~5.9mm, so I believe some thinning could be in order. Of course not necessary, but why not go for it anyway? Anyone have ideas on how I can thin this down relatively evenly with tools I'm likely to have here at home? I know that you're supposed to keep the front side slanted straight and not curved, so that's where I'm scratching my head a bit. Like I said this is just a relatively low end student instrument, so I'm not really too worried about any consequences of messing up. Worst comes to worst I just buy a new blank and start over. It is most certainly not worth it to have a professional luthier fit a new one.
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