|The eBay Super-Bargain Violin|
|DISCLAIMER: I have had no instruction in violin setup. Any success I may have had was due mostly to dumb luck. I do not promise that doing as I did will work for you. If you want your violin to "be all that it can be", I strongly suggest you pay a professional to set it up properly.|
BRIDGE -- That little, unassuming slice of unfinished wood that means
it looks completely unprepared; no notches to indicate where the
strings go, no apparent attempts to custom-shape it. But it's
definitely a bridge!
BEFORE RAISING BRIDGE
|This shot shows several things of
interest. First, the incredibly cheap fine tuners. Second,
yes, Virginia, there IS a sound post! (the stick visible through
the f hole near the notch) Third, the notch near the center of
the f hole with which I intend to align the feet of the bridge.
|Above is a straight-on shot of the
bridge after I raised it, "fiddled" (sorry about that!) with its
position to center it, then did my best to evenly space the
strings. Below is an angled shot from below of the bridge I took
at the same time. The different color is just due to the lighting
TEST -- NEW vs. OLD VIOLINS
|Above, on my new violin, the two
business cards are not parallel; they are noticeably closer together on
the right than the left. For comparison, on my professionally set
up old violin (below) the cards sit nearly perfectly parallel.