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  1. I saw about that, Wood Butcher! Maybe next year, eh? I figure if I can learn to carve bridges, then I can make some for the rebec I still want. (I really love Early Music.) Duane, thanks, I already had flattened the feet as well as I could. I put the bridge on top of the pickup inside the rubber well, and so far, so good. I don't have it tuned all the way up yet, but I'm thinking of tuning it like a viola so I can record my string quartet before putting it back into proper violin mode. Thank you so much, everyone! I was hoping for some help, and I feel as though I'm making friends, not just finding assistance! I will try to post a photo later, once I get it tuned properly and functioning as it was intended! Marion/Manystrings
  2. Grazie, Davide! It was working even with the bridge next to the pickup, but I will try setting it atop the pickup once I flatten the bridge feet just a tiny bit more! (And, yes, the strings are steel, I believe.) Marion/Manystrings
  3. Glebert, that looks exactly like mine! Or very close! I may try putting the bridge directly on the pickup and see whether that makes a difference. Of course, it still doesn't have perfectly flat feet... Dave, alas, it's been too long for me to return it. I think I'll take up bridge carving as a hobby. I already want to learn how to rehair bows. I have replaced the strings, because of just the issue you mentioned. Cheap strings on any violin make it sound worse. I really bought it so I could practice without making so much noise, and for that, it has been good (until the bridge started giving me problems). It is even quieter than using a bridge mute on my Victorian homage to Amati. Marty, good point about the tiny air gaps making a difference. I've never had a problem fitting a new bridge to my Amati, with its lovely curved belly, but the electric is a challenge! Good point about breaking bridges, too, Brad. That's why I was hesitant to think of using glue in the first place. If I glued it down and then it broke, removing it without damaging the violin could be problematic. Nicolas, I agree! Puro estilo italiano, indeed! Silly! I really appreciate all the help and advice! Marion/Manystrings
  4. Thank you all so much, Marty, Brad, and Jacob! I'll try the rosin first & glue if it comes to that. And I'll put graphite in the bridge grooves, and tune up gradually, keeping the bridge straight as I tune it! I appreciate the effort to post the Sawzall video, Jacob. I can look it up. I'll keep you all posted! Marion AKA Manystrings
  5. I bought a relatively inexpensive electric violin with a cutout body from Amazon not too long ago. (I ordered black and got purple, but that isn't germane to the issue.) Everything on it works all right, including the built-in, battery-operated amplifier in the back of the instrument. However, they sent a standard low bridge for a curved body with the violin. I tried shaving and sandpapering the bridge feet, and that worked for awhile, but even after that, lately every time I try to tighten the strings and get in tune, the bridge pops out. It is supposed to stand right next to the bar pickup on the belly, but it keeps slipping. I thought about using peg dope on it, but I wasn't sure whether that would worsen the slippage. I've considered getting a Glaesel adjustable bridge, but even on those, the feet look slightly curved. I'm to the point where I'm considering buying a piece of flat maple wood and learning how to carve a bridge, but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions on how I can keep the current bridge from snapping out from under the strings, I'd appreciate it. Thanks! Manystrings
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