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Violin Bridges?
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December 31, 2011 - 7:18 pm
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Are cheap bridges any good?

I need a new bridge and I was looking at these ones on ebay


Would these be good bridges? All the music stores in my area are asking $50 for a bridge, and then I'd still have to pay a luthier to fit it to my violin.

What's the difference between a $50 bridge and a $5 bridge? dunno

December 31, 2011 - 7:57 pm
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There's a lot of hocus pocus with bridges but I can not tell you about expensive ones because I have always used cheap ones ........ with NO problem.  Besides, I think all the bridges you listed were blanks.  You would have to fit them.  That's one reason they are so cheap.  You do have a choice for a ready-to-go however for $20:;page_no=4

I suspect that a $50 bridge is that price because this is what the market will bear. 

Your bridges from EBay may turn out to be a lot more work than you bargained for.


Look down the site about 3/4 of the way for "Aubert Adjustable".  The feet pivot.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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January 1, 2012 - 9:43 am
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Kevin made a great guide to installing your own bridge.

Installing a new Bridge by Kevin Healy

I'm guessing that $50 includes cutting and fitting though. Did you call the music shop and ask?

I sell all these brands:

  • Aubert Mirecourt
  • Despiau
  • Teller
  • Milo Stamm Bridges

I have all prices from $5.17 Teller to an A quality Despiau for $45

Your price from me on -----> about $25 for the best Despiau.

It's good to have a hard, strong bridge and it will last for a long time if not life as long as you keep it straight. Cheap bridges tend to be made of softer wood and can warp easily. Also, unless you have a protector under the E string, the string can cut into the bridge pretty quickly.

We carry bridges with adjustable feet as well. Easier to install yourself.

See all my bridges below. If I get a good wish-list from everyone, I'll stock up on the most popular bridges. Otherwise I can have any bridge drop-shipped straight to you for $5 extra. Remember that I will give you a much better price than what you see on the expensive bridges.

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