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The leaning bridge.
I think where people get confused is that when a bridge is cut the side toward the tail pin is at 90 degrees and the side toward the peg box is tapered back. This gives the appearance of the bridge leaning back. I also know when I install new strings I start with the bridge leaning back slightly but as the strings come into turn I do bring it up straight. For the most part the leaning back thing has to do with the taper of the bridge.
Isn't there a mechanized jig for pulling a bridge over the exact shape of a violin to get a perfect fit ? I think I saw one (maybe).
I certainly cannot make an ideal fit by hand ?
Yes it holds the bridge and has wheels on it. You put the bridge in the jig and sandpaper on the violin and work the bridge back and forth over the violin on the sand paper.
I find that tool to be rather useless. You can get the same results doing it by hand. The trick is to sand in only one dirrection. If you go back and forth the bottom ends up being rounded.