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Great article, cdennyb!
When I had to cut my blank to be able to play my e-violin, I ended up doing close to the steps you list here. 42mm radius and all. Having no real idea what the string spacing should be, I just looked at some close-ups of violin bridges and cut the string dips by eyeball. It came out close enough though.
But considering how many violins (both E and A) in the inexpensive price range come with no instructions and just a bridge blank, this sort of article is great.
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Denny, you always crack me up and amaze me all at the same time, lmao!
This is such a terrific instruction that you've put together; I just wish I felt more comfortable tinkering with one of my "children".
From the analysis you did on my most recent violin, I'm sure the sound post needs adjusting (I had asked this question of the forum several months ago, "should a sound post be positioned at a slight angle?").
Anyway, great piece, thanks for sharing it.