I have 7 bridges. Two are very thin and lower by 2-3mm. One thin bridge is labeled "H Heinz". The other bridges are routine Teller or Despiau.
Should I try one of the thin bridges
Wow these are a lot of bridges...Are all of these fitted for this instrument or you are going DIY?
Do you have a problem with the current sound/playability of your violin?
I have never been satisfied with the bass of a violin I've owned but I don't know if that is because of the bridge (?)
The bridge height is determined by how much clearance you want between the fingerboard and the string. The height varies at each string.
If you are planning to try different bridges, I suggest you look into acquiring a bridge jack. They can be bought, but it is not that difficult to make one based on the designs you can see in a catalog or on line (maybe even ebay) (a couple of thumb screws will be needed). This way you can replace a bridge without fully releasing the string tension on the previous bridge and risk toppling your soundpost.
Why would there be historically a trend away from the lower bridge? 2 or 3 mm in bridge height is a big number. Maybe the thinner bridge kept breaking !
The bridge height is set to have the E string clear the end of the fingerboard by about 3mm and the G string by about 5mm. You might get a variance of 0.5mm to 1mm.
"I have never been satisfied with the bass of a violin I've owned but I don't know if that is because of the bridge"
I have 2 cheap violas and really enjoy the extra "room", but .....
A violin bridge has to be custom fit by a qualified luthier to each individual instrument, you cannot take a bridge off another instrument and expect it to fit.
Well, when I need the perfect fit, I use the adjustable feet version but you will probably call that "cheating". ( or something worse! ).
thats because they sound worse, and they're not good quality wood
Don't burn your bridges.
My confusion grows. Amazon offers a bridge called "1/16" size ? What violin is that size? (Cremona VP 203-3)
Violin Size Chart:
Not true, Baroque fingerboards are not standard at all, and can have bridge projection just as great as a modern violin, or lower projection, there is no set standard.