Hey y'all; I've played violin off and on for almost 20 years to varying degrees of proficiency (read: mediocrely) and have run into an issue with a new violin I'm not sure how to handle. I noticed when I first began playing it that it was very easy to hit the G string from the D but chalked it up to being out of practice. Once I started edging up on the fingerboard into some higher positions though I realized that it is physically impossible to play around fifth position - something about the way the strings or the bridge are set up pushes the D down below the G. I don't know how well I'm explaining this. It isn't an issue with any other string. Does the bridge need to be re-set or is this a string problem or what? At a loss.
Hmmm - as regards the "action" - my understanding is that the E should be around 3.5mm and the G around 5.5mm with the gap from string to fingerboard "closing" as you move down from the E to the G.
BUT - that is just from my own memory - so please don't rely on it.
I *do* know that that was part of the "recipe" I followed when crafting one of my own bridges from an over-sized blank - and it "generally seems to be OK" - BUT - no - I do not reach 5th pos LOLOL THAT is yet to come my friend !
It can be difficult to measure these distances accurately, even with a steel ruler - I happen to have a micrometer, and as I say - I used a blank ( already at the correct curvature ) but of course had to file/sand down the feet to close the large gap to the strings..... and ended up, more or less to the measurements above. I have NO idea if that is correct or not - if you dig too deeply you get conflicting arguments about this and I am NO luthier - just a hobbyist doing the best I can !
EDIT : I meant to add - even from my limited experience - I doubt very much if it is a "string" problem.... it sounds like the bridge - possibly, even, up at the nut - that also would be worth checking - but you would notice the action being "different" even in first pos I guess....
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)