|Product Dimensions||10.16 x 2.54 x 10.16 cm; 22.68 Grams|
|Item Model Number||unknown|
|Item Weight||22.7 g|
(Full-Size, Cello Bridge) - SKY High Quality Fitted 4/4 Full Size Cello Maple Bridge
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- Brand new high quality fitted cello bridge.
- Made of fine maple. Advanced craft.
- Cut and fitted, ready to play.
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Brand new high quality custom made pre fitted regular cello bridge (4/4), dry and ready to use, pre-fitted with a generic cut that will fit most models, thinned and with grooves for the strings.
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Thinking I could do it myself, I researched how to fit a bridge, and found that it was a bit more involved than I had assumed. So I took it to a stringed instrument repair shop near where I live. They maintain the instruments for professionals who play in the Washington D.C. area (including the National Symphony Orchestra), and have highly experienced luthiers on staff.
The luthier took one look at this bridge and said that it was unusable on my cello since it was 1) going to be too short 2) not fitted to the cello (which is the work that he does), and could not be fitted to the cello since 3) the thickness of the legs was too thin to possibly carve any more stock out to custom make it fit.
I was confused. If all cello tops are different (they are), then how could a company that makes them know what brand cello you have and craft one to fit your particular cello without even laying eyes or hands on it? His answer: "They can't. They mass manufacture these to fit a cello they have chosen, and because they have done that, they can claim that it is "fitted"" - which is exactly what the seller advertises...twice.
These are NOT "fitted" bridges - well they are, but fitted to a cello you'll never see. They may fit. They most likely won't fit. The legs won't sit perfectly conformed to the top of your cello. Thus, they most likely won't transmit sound very well, and they will most likely slip.
The luthier told me that what is needed is a "blank" - a bridge that has NOT been touched in any way since it will have to be custom carved, by an experienced hand, to fit your particular cello. They match the legs to the cello top. And then they will cut the grooves into the top to hold the strings in place.
Unfortunately, I ordered this over the summer thinking I could do the work myself in time for the school year. Now, since I'm beyond the return window, I'm left with a worthless piece of wood that I'll probably use as kindling for my fireplace.
Terrible experience. Waste of my time and money.
Reviewed in the United States on 16 July 2017
Reviewed in the United States on 1 March 2018
The starter violin was less than $300. I would probably get a professional fitting for a concert quality violin, but this one works great for a learner.