From Marianne Hansen
Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:19 PM
Now, I'm entirely new to this type of problem, and I'm not sure how much trouble I'm in. I'm pretty sure I need a new bridge. On the G-string side, the bridge looks straight. On the E-string side, you can see that the top tilts forward enough that the little ear of the cutout on the side (no clue what to call it) no longer lines up parallel to the main body of the bridge.
So, is the bridge about to snap or do something else weird, so that I ought to rush to my nearest repair guy without pausing? Or do I have time to make a leisurely appointment? It truly does not look like it's about to blow up, but I could use some advice (and, of course, I just saw my teacher right before I found the problem, so she's not on tap until next week).
Thanks for any advice.
Mine did the exact same thing, and it was a beautiful bridge from germany, one of a kind made with the violin and was the original on it. I looked and looked with no luck.
My violin fell one day and i was so scared some bad damage had been done, and it was only the bridge that broke. It might have snapped anyway, but didnt.
I would just leave it like it is until it breaks and then have it fixed.
My violin went in this summer for an "overhaul" and it was expensive. Revarnishing was 70 dollars, peg fix was a lot, the bridge and fitting were 90, and between rehairing two bows, the total was 400 dollars.
paul, do you recommend wearing safety goggles because the flying bridge pieces are only couple inches away from her face? :)
i say,,,get it replaced ASAP. for argument sake, this particular warped bridge may never break, but you just don't want to take a chance.
Dunno about you, but I think that it's a bad idea.
PS. Take the violin to the luthier asap and be sure to take better care of your instrument! Things like this can and should be avoided.
well, did i ever read this practice somewhere,,,that luthiers sometimes wet and iron (yeah, like how you iron your shirt) to straighten a warped bridge?
there are just way too many warped ideas in a luthier's backroom so fess up...:)
Is the bridge actually warped, or has it become pulled out of true?
Warping means the bridge-unloaded is of a different shape (happens as a result of heat/humidity/and forces at work), the solution being to buy a new bridge and have it cut and shaped appropriately.....pulled out of true meaning that the friction of the strings over the bridge has pulled the bridge into an unusual shape (this is a fairly regular occurence with todays metal overwrapped strings) but the shape is not hard set, this simply requires someone experienced to gingerly nudge the bridge back into proper alignment with their hands.
I have a problem imagining what you brisge looks like over the internet, so best to take it to your local violin guru, so "staighten" things out. Ha al, beat that!! ;>)
Before you go spending money, check if simple and easy does the trick. In either case, you don't want to leave your bridge as it is
I would recommend getting a new bridge if the fiddle is good and it needs one. If you cannot tell then ask someone who knows.
Sooner or later it will also need strings and other things as well.
Once we visited the Boston area from where we live high up in the Rocky Mtns. and my wife's fiddle grew a bridge that looked like a potato chip. It straightened itself out soon after we got home.
If there's something special about the bridge, you could do what I did and turn orphan violin parts into artwork.
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