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Video on how to use a String Jack
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Ferret
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@EricBluegrassFiddle 

Eric asked about removing the bridge without upsetting the sound post.

I suggested using a string jack but couldn't find a video on the net to show how to use one. So I make one myself to demonstrate it use :)

(Caution.... The Ferret actually 'speaks' in this vid fainting-1344)

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@Ferret: Nice video, John.thumbs-up

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Great video, Ferret!  

Good to see the store-bought ones work well.  My jack is a little more homebrew.  LOL

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Works the same way, except it takes a screwdriver to use mine. LOL 

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Thanks for the video.  Good demonstration.  Thanks. 

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You will find instructions and plans to make one here:

http://www.scavm.com/Bridgejk.htm

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@Ferrret - Nice little piece of kit!   Thanks for the info John!

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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I'm pretty sure that may even be the exact article I saw before I made my own jack, Ferret.  I didn't have the exact parts, so I cobbled together one out of what I had around. 

Whether you buy one or make it, I think they are one of the handiest tools a player can have.  If your bridge gets to leaning a bit or has moved a little and you need to get it back in place, or if you are actually doing any work on a bridge, these gadgets make it a whole lot easier.  

Yeah, you can just be careful, so the bridge doesn't break while you move it back to where it is supposed to be.  Or use a jack to lift the tension off it a little and not have to worry about it at all.

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Nice gizzmo ....I tend to worry a bit about damage to soundpost area so remain old school ...loosen strings and apply a bit of thumb pressure to treble F hole if worried about soundpost falling ...falling SP may mean poor fit , but that's another story ..

At any rate , it's yer fiddle ...do what works for you ...violin-1267Have fun ...Be happy

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Cool video Ferret.  And nice  pics of  your set up Dan.  I could get brave one day and I will be lucky to have this info. :)

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Tucson1 said
Nice gizzmo ....I tend to worry a bit about damage to soundpost area so remain old school ...loosen strings and apply a bit of thumb pressure to treble F hole if worried about soundpost falling ...falling SP may mean poor fit , but that's another story ..

At any rate , it's yer fiddle ...do what works for you ...violin-1267Have fun ...Be happy

Tucs

It doesn't put any more pressure on the violin top than the strings normally would pushing the bridge down. Its only temporarily replacing the bridge  :)

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Yep ...nice tool when used properly...my point is that a properly fit SP should not , in my humble opinion , fall when the string pressure is relieved ...but then again it seems that what i think i know i don't really know or understand ...so i really should keep my opinions to myself ...hard to do but i'll try ...at any rate , whatever works for any individual is what counts ...it's all good ...

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Tucson1 said
Yep ...nice tool when used properly...my point is that a properly fit SP should not , in my humble opinion , fall when the string pressure is relieved ...but then again it seems that what i think i know i don't really know or understand ...so i really should keep my opinions to myself ...hard to do but i'll try ...at any rate , whatever works for any individual is what counts ...it's all good ...

violin-1267Have fun ...Be happy

@Tucson1 

Actually I totally agree. If she SP is properly cut and fitted it should not fall. 

It's just a bit of 'insurance' :) If it does go over its a real pain in the butt.

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Ferret said

Tucson1 said
Yep ...nice tool when used properly...my point is that a properly fit SP should not , in my humble opinion , fall when the string pressure is relieved ...but then again it seems that what i think i know i don't really know or understand ...so i really should keep my opinions to myself ...hard to do but i'll try ...at any rate , whatever works for any individual is what counts ...it's all good ...

violin-1267Have fun ...Be happy

@Tucson1 

Actually I totally agree. If she SP is properly cut and fitted it should not fall. 

It's just a bit of 'insurance' :) If it does go over its a real pain in the butt.

Waiting patiently for a rebuttal. Do we not take differences of opinion's and or criticism well ?

My dog's bigger than your dog.

Seems is that they make them commercially, so they can't be all that harmful to our instrument.

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Fiddlestix said

Ferret said

Tucson1 said
Yep ...nice tool when used properly...my point is that a properly fit SP should not , in my humble opinion , fall when the string pressure is relieved ...but then again it seems that what i think i know i don't really know or understand ...so i really should keep my opinions to myself ...hard to do but i'll try ...at any rate , whatever works for any individual is what counts ...it's all good ...

violin-1267Have fun ...Be happy

@Tucson1 

Actually I totally agree. If she SP is properly cut and fitted it should not fall. 

It's just a bit of 'insurance' :) If it does go over its a real pain in the butt.

Waiting patiently for a rebuttal. Do we not take differences of opinion's and or criticism well ?

My dog's bigger than your dog.

Seems is that they make them commercially, so they can't be all that harmful to our instrument.

http://www.amazon.com/Generic-.....+or+lifter

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I'd reckon that my bloody ferret would be bigger than your dog roflol

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Great tips. Thanks

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Ferret ,

It's all good , mate ...I do hear that things down under are bigger ...bigger then Texas even ....

I'm fortunate enough to be able to pay good money on a regular basis ,ie. lessons , for some pretty through criticism,critique , etc. Failing to perform up to my teachers expectations and getting reamed for it is just icing on the cake ...differences of opinion is a good thing ...makes one take a second look ...

If ya really want to hear some differences of opinion just go to the VMAAI convention in Oct . in Tucson where the pros go at it in competition ...the gauntlet is thrown and the sparks fly ....gotta love it ....violin-1267Thanks for the post ... , nice tool to have in yer tool box ...Have fun ...Be happy

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Tucs. Mate, MUCH bigger than in Texas rofl

Would love to be at the VMAAI convention mate. But it's a loooong way away. 

That's the trouble with being 'down under', 'everything' is a long way away. facepalm

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