The well-tempered bridge.
I was recently involved in a (friendly) debate about bridge design.
Self adjusting was a "no no . One interesting remark was about the bridge acting as a low pass filter.
I found a bridge on line that had "everything" wrong. Too fat. Lower than normal. Etc.
This new bridge was also at the limit of my budget at $29.
I installed the new bridge and could have guessed. Never better!
Never trust a violin.
Question . Separate question......
I have an Eastman and down by the button (outside) are 1/16" numbers 1415P
What's this. ??
Outside the violin not inside!
Questions:.. How are you fitting these "new" bridges?
Teachers, pros, and luthiers are often horrified when amateurs start doing stuff like this, but I think there's a real value in learning about the instrument and getting a sense of how different things work. If it plays reasonably well for you, go with it. If you realize it's a barrier later on, get a new bridge carved and installed by a pro. Nothing ventured, nothing gained..
My "problem" with bridges and violins in general is the empirical pretending to be scientific. But don't get me wrong. I don't think there is anything wrong with the violin. It did however take a while to make a "truce"
Darlene, while this bridge may produce a sound you enjoy, on your particular instrument, finding one on the violin of a professional player would be extraordinarily rare.
Actually, my violin has yielded some modest rewards BUT did I really need a shoebox full of disappointing strings to make that happen?
In my 79 years of bowed string instruments I only tried a "self-adjusting bridge" once. I found it acted quite like a mute, filtering out much of the overtone spectrum that makes these instruments sound so wonderful. In my early years, as a kid practicing in his bedroom in a NYC apartment, playing with a mute was sometimes essential to keep the neighbors at bay, and at times (with my kid fiddles) I actually liked the sweeter tone. But when I was 10 or 11 and was given my last "kid fiddle," an antique Tyrolean "lady's full-size" I wanted to hear all that good stuff "up there." That violin lasted me through high school and served me as CM of the HS orchestra for 3 years.
I wonder if a self adjusting bridge might not be better than an amateur fitted version?
No! My experience has been that it is possible for an amateur (like me) to do a better job of bridge firing than an unfitted self-adjusting bridge. Now, if one were to taper the self-adjusting bridge and fit the feet - maybe that could be better. But if you could do that, you could also do it with a standard type of bridge blank.
People all have their variously-informed opinions (often informed only by how much money is thrown at the problem), but when a bridge works, it works, and it's hard to argue against that.
"Hard to argue" and impossible to explain but nothing sweeter :)
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