Bridge fell

April 19, 2019, 5:28 PM · Hi,

I was changing my E string today, and as I was tuning it up, the bridge fell. Is the sound post at risk? Should I try and put it back until I get to a luthier?

Replies (4)

April 19, 2019, 5:47 PM · If you're inexperienced enough to where you let your bridge lean so much that it fell (a common beginner issue), then I would definitely recommend waiting until you get to the luthier to put it back.
April 19, 2019, 5:49 PM · With the scroll to your left, look inside the ff-hole. If you can see the soundpost standing all is OK enough. Set the bridge upright again and slowly tighten and tune your E string. If you can't see the soundpost standing, rock the violin from side to side - that sound you will hear is the soundpost rolling back and forth. De-tune your strings slightly - maybe one note. Go to your luthier.

Always be sure your bridge is upright at 90 degrees to the top of the violin. Check it at least weekly - if you don't check it every time you pick up the violin.

April 19, 2019, 6:15 PM · Lubricating the bridge grooves by writing in them with a sharp pencil (graphite) will greatly decrease the tendency of the bridge to be pulled over. (But still remember to always keep an eye on it, especially when changing string{s}).
April 19, 2019, 7:58 PM · You should be adjusting the angle of your bridge every few days or so, or certainly at least once per week.

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