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MrYikes
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I put the original bridge back on and was amazed at the difference in height.  It is 4.5mm higher than what I took off.  The a string sits 6.5 mm off the board at the end.
Question:  For what reason would a manufacturer (cecilio)bridge-004.JPGImage Enlarger

 

put on such a high bridge?  Would you play it that way?

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Fiddlerman
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January 15, 2015 - 10:36 am
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Two reasons for having a higher bridge. One is that there is less risk for the strings vibrating against the fingerboard. Second would be that you get more downwards pressure on the top from the bridge when it is higher. This creates more power. That being said, you want the strings to be easier to press down and a violin that can produce a large sound with low strings.

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How about one size fits all

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Fiddlerman said
Two reasons for having a higher bridge. One is that there is less risk for the strings vibrating against the fingerboard. Second would be that you get more downwards pressure on the top from the bridge when it is higher. This creates more power. That being said, you want the strings to be easier to press down and a violin that can produce a large sound with low strings.

"with low strings"? So is it better to have a slightly higher bridge?

 

I am in process of fitting a new bridge and now wonder if I should allow a little more height.  Is there a guide as to specific dimensions and proportions that should be considered? 

 

Thanks

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@Ripton:  Yes there is a book / guide.

USEFUL MEASUREMENTS FOR VIOLIN MAKERS  by Henry A. Strobel.

http://www.amazon.com/Useful-M.....0962067326

This is the book that violin makers and luthiers consider, holy.

Good luck.

If you prod around, I think you can find a "PDF" of dimensions for what you're looking for. Check Pg.10 for measurements and Pg.22 for diagram.

Ken.

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Fiddlerman
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February 20, 2015 - 11:03 pm
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I didn't mean that it is necessarily better. All I am saying is that a bridge that is too low cannot be raised where as a bridge that is slightly too high can easily be lowered. Also, some people prefer a slightly higher bridge whereas others want it low for less pressure on the fingers. Just wanted to point out that there are advantages to either. You need to find what works for you. Also, different string types and pressures can compensate for either solution.

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