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Can anyone articulate their impressions of the effect of bassbar placement on sound? I am trying to weigh the balance between my training and the oddly proportioned instruments that I often see. What do you believe is the tonal effect of moving a bassbar further in, further out, or angled in some way other than the 1/7 proportion? Also, mass and stiffness variations for that matter. I had a stock of bridges in 1mm increments from 40mm - 44mm to try and keep the bridge centered while maintaining the proper overlap over the bassbar and came to the conclusion that a poorly placed bassbar should not necessarily dictate bridge width. In theory a bar further out should get the wider bridge, but I have not found it to necessarily be the right choice. I have also had better luck with bridges centered on the f-holes/centerline rather than shifting them off center to match the bassbar overlap. I imagine that the effect of mass of the bar is similar to effect of tightness of the sound post, and effect of moving the bar inward or outward is similar to moving the post inward or outward. I can't say that I have documented enough bassbar details to have a clear picture of how an oddly placed bar effects sound. I think that understanding the effects of changes to the bassbar might better inform placement of a new bassbar that might be more specific to the instrument. For example, a wider bar to add a little more mass to help get a stiff top moving? The closest similar topic that I found was about 43mm and 44mm bridge placements. A couple interesting points in there, but not quite what I'm looking for. http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/326383-43-and-44-mm-bridge-blanks-for-violin As always, thanks for the feedback.