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Some packets from China are decidedly better than others.
I have been looking to obtain some "Cinderella" brand Chinese violin bridges since I saw one on a Cecilio CVN 600 violin that I purchased. This desire substantially increased when I began experimenting with the roasting process on violin bridges. But the only place I found them was on Amazon for, to me, a lot of money.
I finally found an auction for them on eBay and took a chance. They came yesterday.
I had been buying Chinese bridges in bulk and it is obvious that they were created using some numerical controlled machine such as a laser or water spray cutter (not that this is a bad thing). The Cinderella bridges are hand machined using a pattern outline. They are cut to a slimmer profile than the industry norm. But the biggest difference is the quality of wood used in the Cinderella brand. Each bridge is cut from a piece of maple bursting with vein "rays." I can't wait to roast them and try them out.
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. —Frank Zappa
The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson