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I had inherited a violin that had been owned by my uncle. He was a country/western player, so the bridge was very, very flat. Since I was just 'trying things out', I didn't want to dump too much money into the instrument, so I got this one. The E and G stand about 1-1.5mm higher than they should with my setup, but this hasn't been a problem since I switched to Tonica strings from the cheap steel ones that I had initially purchased. It was an interesting experience to get the feet setup for the body, but it was also a good bit of fun. Just take your time, and have some small files and a SHARP blade to work with. There are videos on youtube that will walk you through the process...
Yes you have to sand down the feet to fit it to the contour of your violins body. And yes it is easy to do yourself. Just got a little 100 or 150 grit sandpaper and cut it into a small square and rock the bridge around until it fits requires a little patiences, but works. Revived an old violin! Great sound as well
Just received my bridge. One of many violin parts i just ordered and this is the one i was looking forward to the most. Unfortunately my specific bridge had a manufacturing defect. It may have only been mine, and overall the quality and workmanship looked very good. The problem was that the ebony insert was not properly fitted. It had a gap, and the ebony itself appeared to have shrunk and cracked as if the wood were moist at the time of manufacture and became dehydrated after. The result is what looks like it should have been an amazing bridge, but i do not trust the insert will remain, or that the E-string will properly transmit the sound into the violin. This could either be a one off factory defect, or perhaps the mill which processed the ebony did not have its dryer kilns running correctly. I did get this order refunded but i would lile to try again, perhaps either with a V insert, on a plain bridge witjout an insert because the quality otherwise looked and felt great.
The bridge is constructed well and with a couple hours of tinkering with a razorblade and some sand paper - your violin will have a new bridge with custom string action specific to your liking. The most difficult part is getting the feet to sit flush against the body of your violin. I used various grit sandpaper face up on the top of my violin to start, then put a thin layer of lipstick on the face, pressed the bridge into it, and saw where it had high points. Then you just chop the high points off with a razorblade and you are good to go!! Takes some time and dexterity but is worth it when you are done and have revived your old violin. Not sure how much the ebony insert does as it a 1/16" - 1/8" veneer style implant on the E string side, but it sure looks cool!! When I thinned my bridge out to specs the ebony occupies about 80% of the width of the top of the bridge so it must help a bit. I still used the plastic tube to prevent my strings from cutting into it though.
while I was not able to use this bridge (smaller then I prefer), I was not disappointed by the build quality and visual appeal. Here's a couple things you need to know about this bridge.
The bridge does have an ebony insert, it's not painted like some have suggested. you can tell this by the difference in wood grain.
The maple wood grain seems decent based on the front and back; it seems to be a lower grade maple based on pattern, but the side view seem to show a pattern more parallel and of higher quality. Unfortunately I did not keep it to hear what type of tonal qualities it gives to my instrument.
The bridge was really thick and outside of needing to be tailored to your instrument it's a great value. Yes you have to modify it. all bridges need to be trimmed or tailored to the instrument and player. For me I like a higher/taller bridge, I also like my bridge with a arch that's left center rather then uniform (more classical)
I almost returned this after reading another review...that it is essentially paint, not an insert on the e string groove...but then you have to get this shaped or shape it yourself to your violin. I got sick and bored and decided to keep it and shape it myself as my then current bridge was allowing my e string to nearly hug my finger board. I think I will spend more time comparing and reading reviews before my next bridge purchase. So it seems folks perhaps assume sturdier for sinking e strings. I did. But if you are not handy with wood shaping or do not have or will not go to luthier near you...I would contact my violin maker and get an already fitted one...and then realize the feet may still need fitting to where to match up to sound post. New to violins...and learning in general about them. I found it an interesting enough project. Trying to fit to an electric acoustic a bit different too. Just FYI. But I am happier with my e string height for now.
We didn't end up using it and instead brought the violin in to get a different one fitted. This one needs to be fitted and have the bottom feet shaved/sanded down to fit the curve of the violin. So, if you think it's a direct replacement without having to do any work then you should be aware that you will need to do some carpentry work to it.