Fiddle is Finicky
I have a student West German factory violin made in the late 1960’s. I have noticed that the sound deteriorates whenever there’s a slight (as little as 1 mm) tilt in the angle of the bridge toward the fingerboard. The bridge is positioned so the back of both feet are at 19.5 cm from the point where the neck meets the shoulder on both sides, and the vibrating string length is 32.8 cm when optimal. The bridge feet are flat against the top at this position.
Is it typical for such a small variation of the string length to make such a noticeable difference in the sound?
Would moving the bridge slightly toward the tailpiece (and the sound post) make the fiddle less finicky?
Well George, I will keep a close eye on the angle of my bridge.