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Bridge repair
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January 31, 2015 - 11:28 am
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I am trying to tweak my set up to optimize the sound quality of my Klaus Mueller Viola. It was mentioned that the bridge was warping and should be replaced. I enclose two photos. The guitar pick has a hole in the center. I placed this over the top of the sound post as close as I could determine. Appreciate your opinion. 


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January 31, 2015 - 12:58 pm
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[email protected],

I'm not sure about warping, but in the second picture it looks like you just need to adjust the top the bridge.  When you tune the violin, the top of the bridge is naturally moved in the direction of the peg box, as the strings are being moved in that direction.  I run into this myself, and the solution, at least for me, is pretty easy.  While you are tuning your violin, move the top of the bridge back towards the tailpiece so that the side of the bridge facing the tailpiece is vertical.  The side of the bridge facing the fingerboard should be angled, becoming thinner as you approach the top of the bridge.  Were I you, I would loosen the strings just a tad, then try to move the top of the bridge back just a smidge, continuing to do so until the back of the bridge is vertical.

Of course, I an not a luthier and did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, so take my suggestion with a grain of salt.  Your bridge could be misshapen, but maybe not.





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January 31, 2015 - 2:09 pm
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Your bridge is warped slightly forward. We have on occasions soaked bridges for a while, then straightened them out and put them under pressure to dry. This seems to work great but I offer no guarantees. ;)

As for the soundpost, I am not sure what you are saying. However, from the picture angle, and it might just be the picture, looks as though your bridge has slid over to the G string side a bit more than it should be. I believe you can carefully lift and slide it to the right to center the strings on the fingerboard.

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