Getting used to different bridges
Is this a common problem?
You are forced to play on a different instrument for a while but the bridge has very slightly different curvature from your normal instrument's bridge, and you just can't get the hang of it?
My Breton is at a friend's house and I'm playing my Gewa, and I'm accidentally hitting the D string far more than usual when I bow the A string. If I tilt the static bow (or very slowly downbow) from D to A to E, there's sufficient roundness to the bridge, but possibly the A string sits a tiny bit lower than the Breton's?
So I should get used to it eventually, but it's annoying the hell out of me.
Its a common problem on violins that aren't set up properly!!
Well, I was trying to pre-empt that response. The same guy set up both my Breton and my Gewa.
who is this guy?? maybe he's not the best??? or more likely it was set up for one brand of strings and you tried something different, like Al vs silver D string which have different diametre
I surmise that the two instruments were set up for different brands of rosin.
Lowering the e string or the d string a tiny amount would probably fix the problem, it needs to be tested with an accurate curvature gauge with the strings you prefer.
I may lower the D and G strings one day in the very distant future.
Without seeing the instruments it’s hard to exactly identify the cause of the problem. It could be that one bridge has a flatter curve unintentionally and that is throwing things off. It’s also possible that the bridges have the same curvature but the A string groove is a little too deep in one. There’s also a possibility that one violin’s neck has more tilt than the other, making the level of the bow arm for each string a little different for each violin.
Yes, I think the A string groove is too deep. I'm going to slip a little bit of paper under it.