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New Violin Bridge
Should I replace my strings immediately after replacing my bridge with a new one?
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ves
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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.

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If you have bad strings, you will never get a good sound out of your violin, and you will just be frustrated. New strings don't have to cost very much, and are totally worth it in terms of being able to produce decent sounds when starting to learn.

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If i was in the same situation - i'd change the strings =)

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ves said
I'm starting to think that I over-think things way too much.

You might want to reconsider that.laugh

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By the way, I do have new strings now. My question was really if I should put them on now on my violin or wait for the bridge to settle first. I'm asking this so I would know if my violin did sound better with the new bridge installed and not just because I replaced my strings with new ones.

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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.

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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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Change the strings now and let them acclimate to the new bridge and violin. 

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I change my strings every six months or so. I keep the old ones as spares. If your strings are old by all means change them. 

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