Violin Curved Bridge - How to Fix?
I have a full size violin, and my bridge is not straight. I know how to adjust crooked bridges, but my bridge is curved a bit at the top and I have tried to adjust it many times after loosening my strings, but I don't know what to do. I don't think it's that major, but I don't want to take any risks. How can I fix my curved bridge without having to buy a new one?
My older violin / fiddle does this. First of all, check to make sure that the feet of the violin bridge are both planted squarely on the top of the violin. If they are tilted one way or another, the bridge is probably simply leaning too much. Loosen the strings some and adjust the bridge until its feet are flat again. The benefit of doing this is that you should hear some improvement in how the violin sounds.
If the bridge's feet are flat on the violin and there is still a slight curve and everything else is in proper alignment (meaning the bridge is square between the f-holes and is positioned properly over the sound post), but its still curved, then you'll want to consider how curved it is.
If it's just very slightly curved, you're probably fine. That's where my fiddle is, right now. If your strings pull your bridge quite a lot when you're tuning with pegs, you can try rubbing a pencil lead on each notch under the strings on the bridge, one string at a time.
Honestly, if you're concerned and the bridge is truly curved, then I'd recommend taking it in to get a repairperson to look at it.
Hope that helps!
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