I've let my bridge warpInstruments: Is it about to blow up?
From Marianne Hansen
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.
From Paul G.You dont NEED to have it fixed immediately...
Posted on September 25, 2008 at 11:55 PM
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.
From al ku"I would just leave it like it is until it breaks and then have it fixed."
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 12:12 AM
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.
From Brian HongYeh....Paul, leaving a warped bridge to snap is a very very very bad idea. My friend had a bridge snap while she was playing and the wood nearly hit her face. Also, while I was playign once, my bridge snapped and, while I was not hurt, it did scare the living daylights out of me.
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM
Dunno about you, but I think that it's a bad idea.
From Giovanni GammutoLeave it alone... wait until it breaks is very bad advice! If it is warped get it replaced ASAP, or relieve the string tension and stop playing the instrument. Obviously, the person that told you to leave it alone has never witnessed a bridge collapsing. It is a terrorizing noise that scares the "heck" out of you when it happens. The tail piece slamming into the top sound plate may cause severe damaged... especially if you use one or more fine tuners. As a violin maker and "repairman," please get it replaced now before it costs you some serious repair money. Giovanni Gammuto
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 12:53 AM
From David AllenYes, I too vote for getting it fixed now. If you wait you could also have sound post problems to deal with. Why risk further damage and expense? Do it soon.
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 01:41 AM
From Charlie CaldwellI would concerned if there are any sort of explosions near your violin. My suggestion is to call the police; they will bring the bomb squad.
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 01:49 AM
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.
From al kuok, easy on paul,,,read his blog,,,blame it all on football, the all-consuming center of the american universe, i'd say:)
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 03:27 AM
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...:)
From Marc BettisHold yer horses,
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 03:51 AM
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
From Kylie SvensonI'll second Mark on this one and add that not only is it quite simple to straighten out a bridge yourself - ONCE YOUR LUTHIER HAS SHOWN YOU HOW - but it is also something you should probably be doing every so often to prevent this problem in the future. Your luthier can show you the correct angle to look for and how to gently pull it back into place yourself, so that you do not have to go to a luthier every time tuning tugs it too far out of alignment.
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 06:10 PM
From Bruce PattersonIf you feel a strong sentimental attachment to that bridge then perhaps you could save it and do something with it - put it in a paper weight or something else that would enshrine it.
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 09:41 PM
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.
From Nicole StacyAs concertmaster of my high school orchestra, I was tuning up the group when I noticed one of my strings suddenly go terribly flat, and my bridge literally went flying into the viola section. They had to duck as it whizzed past their ears. Moral of this story: warped bridges may be weapons of mass destruction.
Posted on September 27, 2008 at 04:25 AM
If there's something special about the bridge, you could do what I did and turn orphan violin parts into artwork.
From Brian HongWho cares about Bin Laden? Bush should be focusing on warped bridges! ;)
Posted on September 27, 2008 at 05:12 PM
From Jack RushingI would take Mr. Giovanni Gammuto's advice. He knows what he
Posted on September 30, 2008 at 03:01 AM
is talking about.
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