I have recently invested in a step-up violin and I have been noticing and been told by another luthier(than the person who sold me the violin) and a professional violinist that my bridge is too high(He certainly didn't have any problem with it, then again he played some paganini pieces on my $200 violin previously).
The luthier I bought the violin from, I didn't quite like the bridges that he makes, I think he's used to professional violinists who make their own small modification(s) here and there. A professional violinist in the neighbourhood moved the E string over to ungrooved section because the strings are not evenly separated.
Also I find the tailpiece to be a little bit tilted and the strings seem to have general skew on the fingerboard. With my neighbour's help, I moved the bridge around until everything was even.
I am planning to get the new bridge done with another luthier in July. After seeing some of her instruments, I really liked her attention to details. She suggested also lowering the bridge when she makes a new one.
When I spoke to my neighbour about my idea, he said to be careful because the finetuners on the current tailpiece may scratch the violin and that's why the previous luthier may have set the bridge high. I think I will have a talk with the new luthier and maybe get a new tail piece while at it(I'm open to suggestions, I think I currently have a plastic made one with mounted metal finetuners).
I'm curious how important is it for the tail piece to be straight and what kind of tail piece I should be looking at. The new luthier, I know she can and does make tailpieces herself (She previously made a 7 string viola and it amazed me)
I would also like to mention that the wood between the f hole are not symmetric. They are either warped or just made asymmetric, The side near the soundpost is higher than the other side.
I have attached slideshow of some photos I took.
The last photo really shows how tilted the tail piece is.
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