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Setting up a 1/2 size violin (measurements)
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Nexany
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Hey!

I recently purchased an used 1/2 size violin and it missed almost everything. (bridge, tailpiece, strings, etc.)

So i ordered these things and i want to set this violin up.

I am new to set up violins, but i've already set up a lot of guitars in the past, so i have a bit of experience with stringed instruments.

I didn't find any measurements for 1/2 violin, just for full sized ones.

Can you help me? What should be the:

- String spacing on the bridge (from the edge of the bridge to the G and E string and the space between each string)
- Action at the end of the fingerboard
- Distance between the bridge and the tailpiece 

Thank you in advance.

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Hi Nexany - Friendly Wave Back EmoticonsWelcome to the Forum!

I have a second-hand 1/2 I've yet to put the new strings on - lack of time with the Grandkids.  I recently bought a set of Fiddlerman strings for it.  See "Best way to start the REALLY young on violin?" thread in "Teaching the violin" section.

Found these that might be helpful.

For measuring string length to bridge for fractionals & positioning the bridge. 

https://www.fretlessfingerguides.com

For proper String height. 

https://stringsmagazine.com/pr.....s-sound/ 

For fractional size bridge info, check out "Teller Violin Bridge - VB10" (already has marked string spacing) at Fiddlershop for what they have to say. 

https://fiddlershop.com/produc.....lin-bridge

 

Good Luck Smile Smiley- Emily

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November 3, 2020 - 12:00 pm
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Nexany said
Hey!

I recently purchased an used 1/2 size violin and it missed almost everything. (bridge, tailpiece, strings, etc.)

So i ordered these things and i want to set this violin up.

I am new to set up violins, but i've already set up a lot of guitars in the past, so i have a bit of experience with stringed instruments.

I didn't find any measurements for 1/2 violin, just for full sized ones.

Can you help me? What should be the:

- String spacing on the bridge (from the edge of the bridge to the G and E string and the space between each string)

- Action at the end of the fingerboard

- Distance between the bridge and the tailpiece 

Thank you in advance.

Welcome to the forum Nexany.
31mm from G to E. Evenly spaced. Use a Spring Divider Caliper Compass for the even spacing.

See attachment

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