The Bridge,Il Ponte,le Chevalet, In my experience the bridge on an Instrument plays the single biggest roll in the overall sound of a violin not to mention the differences in playability. Therefore it is important to use a nice seasoned Maple with good strong “Raggi Midolare” It should be cut clean.

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I have two different patterns for my violin bridges One for traditional music and another for classical,although the differences are subtle ,there are differences, for example for what I call a fiddle set up, I personally prefer a lesser radius than the usual 42mm for the cut of the fingerboard I find It makes for smoother playing and as the finger board curve is relative to that of the bridge.

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the shape and thickness of my traditional bridge differs quite a bit to that of my classical bridge, When I cut a classical bridge I like to insert a small chip of bone under the E string but I dont do this on my traditional bridges i find parchment is more suitable, Its just that little bit softer.