Correct bridge placement
What is the correct position of the bridge placement if the neck is slanted?
We disagree with certain people. according to someone, it should always be adjusted to the fingerboard, even if it is slanted (crooked?). This is true? In this case, the foot of the bridge moves away from the bass bar...
My instinct would always be to centre the bridge on a straight line drawn between the mid-point of the nut and the endpin. OK, so in high positions on the E-string you may find yourself almost fingering the edge of the board, but if that's the case the neck absolutely needs to be reset.
I drew an imaginary line from the nut to the end-button of my viola. The middle of this line is under the fingerboard. I can't imagine wanting my bridge there.
Not the centre of the line, the centre of the bridge!
If you can't reset the neck (it's a vso?) then wouldn't you set it based on the bouts, f-holes and tailpiece?
Kristof, is this related to the photo icon on your inquiring post?
This is a problem that comes up a lot, especially with old violins. Ideally, the neck is straight and the fingerboard falls in line with the bridge. The problem is that one doesn’t always have the luxury of working with everything in alignment. The center of the instrument is important to take into consideration, and ideally, the bridge should be centered on that midpoint. Many people use the space between the ffs to determine the center, although some use the center between the inner purfling lines.
You line the bridge up between the f holes because that usually puts the bass bar in the correct position, if the neck is still crooked the strings can be loaded off centre on the bridge
Paul, as John Lennon sang, Imagine! (Your imagination would be as realistic as his)
Thanks for the answers.. Well, here is a photo of my violin: https://ibb.co/d6nZ7zd
I wouldn't worry about a difference of 2mm. The f-holes could easily be asymmetric by that much.
No, the f holes are perfectly symmetrical. :-)
A number of alternatives are possible, and I have employed some of them since my first violin lesson in 1939 and since my 1949 start as a cellist:
In 3 out of 5 violins hanging over my desk the asymmetry of the bridge with respect to the f-holes is as much as 3mm. One of them would be 4mm or more towards the treble side if I aligned it with the fingerboard. I've added this to a long list of v.com issues that don't seem worth fretting over.
I agree with everything Rich Maxham said, but will add that some people determine the centerline at the bridge by measuring to determine the midpoint at the widest part of both the upper and lower bouts, and using a straight line between those points.
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