How much does it cost to shave down a bridge?
Hello, so my teacher says that my strings have cut too deep into my bridge and I've also been reading around. My strings are supposed to be sitting about 1/3 of it inside of the bridge's notches, right? as well as the nut? Right now, it's about halfway or a little more inside of the notches and I was wondering how much a luthier would charge to do this fix on my violin.
$10-20 at my shop, assuming the strings aren't sitting too low now, otherwise its $60 to fit a new higher bridge.
I had a similar problem many years ago with my cello. I solved it by cutting the bridge notches into V shapes, filling them with hard-setting binary epoxy resin (mixed from two components and takes 24 hours to set hard), rubbing the hardened resin inserts smooth with fine grade emery, and making new grooves in them with a fine rat-tail file. That setup remained in successful use for many years until I had a new soundpost and bridge fitted.
Peter Sargent, MN Luthier since the late 40`s.
Assuming the string clearance above the fingerboard is still acceptable to you (no buzzing caused by the strings bouncing off the board), the only downside to the strings sitting deep in a notch is a tuning issue.
I like Trevor's idea. Presumably drawing strings up to tension does not pull out the inserts. Did you take any special precautions for that?
Paul, the hard epoxy is pretty tough and smooth stuff. Years later, none of the inserts on my cello bridge had shifted. Perhaps it could be compared functionally to the old ivory inserts (which you couldn't get now!)
Thanks so much for the replies! I don't think I'll be able to try my own repairs before I start school so I'll bring it to a luthier. I'll keep these solutions in mind though :) Happy practicing!