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I had a new violin bridge fitted for my violin. My strings are quite old and must be replaced. Do you guys think I should replace them now or do you think I should wait for my violin and bridge to 'break-in' first (if they do need to).
I'm starting to think that I over-think things way too much.
If you are wanting to see what difference the new bridge makes by itself, it won't hurt anything to swap the bridge and then swap the strings after you have tried it out.
There are so many variables to getting good sound from a violin, I have compared it to trying to tie your shoe while jogging - a seemingly simple thing that is frustratingly complex because of all the moving parts.
If the strings are very old I would replace them as well. I generally change strings every few months, generally every 3-6 months. Bridges on the other hand last a very long time and unless a bridge is warped, cracked, or completely broken, or not fitted right from the git go,or is a poor quality bridge, there is usually no need to replace it. I know players who have been using the same bridge for decades or who have never changed the bridge since they owned a particular violin. Strings however do tend to change with age and I do notice a difference when I replace a relatively old string with a new one of the same brand and type.
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