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Violin Bridge Too high--Help

Dear Team,

I recently bought a violin, size 1/4, from Amazon for my 6 year old son.
We are not experts in Violin.

The teacher mentioned that the new Violin has the bridge too high and she needs us to procure a shorter bridge.

I tried to contact Amazon, no reply so far.

Can Any EF-ians help me to find the "correct bridge" at some place in and around Zurich/Germany (near Switzerland)?

And yes I have no concrete definition as what is meant by a shorter bridge.

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Akki
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Old 14.09.2020, 19:32
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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

Search for a Geigenbauer? Only one I know is in Lucerne.

It is that little wooden thing over which the strings run
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Old 14.09.2020, 19:35
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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

Cut it down, problem solved.

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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

If you don't know what you are doing, you should not buy such things.

Last year I bought a used Squier VI for a very good price, but I knew what I was in for.

It was worth it for sure, but perhaps not for someone without experience.

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Old 14.09.2020, 19:48
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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

We rent my daughter’s violin, which is the easiest in my opinion. Your child will keep a 1/4 violin for max 6 months before having to change for a bigger one, which doesn’t make it worth your while to buy one.

Rentals normally are excellent quality, much better that you can get at first price. Plus the luthier can provide regular maintenance.
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Old 14.09.2020, 20:20
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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

If you want to stay with the violin you have already purchased (and you didn't say how much you had spent on it but that would certainly be a factor in deciding what you do next), you could measure the existing bridge height and order two or three shorter ones from somewhere like Thomman in Deutschland.

Link to page here.

They're only a couple of euros each.

They're not glued in place but may need some cutting down but that might not be a job for you.

If you spent a lot of money on the violin then I'd just take it to an expert.
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We rent my daughter’s violin, which is the easiest in my opinion. Your child will keep a 1/4 violin for max 6 months before having to change for a bigger one, which doesn’t make it worth your while to buy one.

Rentals normally are excellent quality, much better that you can get at first price. Plus the luthier can provide regular maintenance.
Yep. We pay 27 CHF per month for a 3/4 size violin from Musik Hug. They were 25 CHF for the smaller ones. The teacher complains about problems every time we get a new one and they are quickly fixed by the pros.

If you really want to try to make yours work, do some youtubing and give it a go but it probably is crap if you bought it on amazon. I thought I would save a bundle in rental fees and bought a violin online a few years ago for my daughter. It's still sitting in the closet after one look by her teacher.
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Old 14.09.2020, 21:40
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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

same advice as everyone else - use a rental from musicHug or similar.



Or, as it was for my brother, who was quite serious about violin, his were bought via the teacher from a artisan, and then sold back when he was ready to upgrade to the next size.


At one point, his violin was worth more than his car... and he was not 'professional' - just seriously into music as a young adult... practicting up to 7 hours a day...
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Oh, should add, if you really want it 'fixed' then they do have a violin maker at MusikHug - but I bet it costs more than the violin... unless it's a really fast fix...
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Old 14.09.2020, 21:43
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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

Be careful, because those bridges put a lot of pressure on the violin and can break very easily and could cause damage if it snaps. I once snapped a bridge on one of my old cellos.

For a new bridge or an adjustment, I'm pretty sure you can have that done at most violin and cello shops. I use to rent a cello not far from Uster, and the guy also built and repaired violins (he also rents them out for kids, etc.). I can't seem to remember the name of his shop right now, but if you are interested, please send me a private message to remind me and I can dig up the name of his shop tomorrow.
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At one point, his violin was worth more than his car...
I have several of those, but guitars, not violins.

And several that I let go that would have been worth 10x or more.

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Re: Violin Bridge Too high--Help

I knew this information would be useful one day, but in the old town of Zug there is a shop that sells, repairs, hires and restores violins.


I'm guessing that they could sort you out in a doddle:


http://www.ilviolino.ch/
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