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Hello all, Zach here with a couple of questions. First I noticed there is a crack in my bridge, should I get a new bridge or deal with a glued one? If i need to get a new one what one should i get? Also it seems like the radius of the bridge (I think that's what it's called(where the strings rest)) seems to be off. Is there anything I can do to check if it's correct or not? Now for my final question, my bow is missing quite a bit of hair on it and every time I play it I lose a couple more hairs. Should I just buy a new bow or re-hair it myself?
The bridge is not supposed to be symmetric.
It is not so hard to make a new bridge. You can get good blanks at fiddlershop.com. You need some simple stuff like sandpaper and a ruler to do it. There is ample information (including some good info on this site) on the web showing how to do it.
I don't know how common it is, but this might explain the "hair loss": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_bugs
It's pretty hard to rehair a bow.
Here is a good piece by Denny on bridge making:
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