Jeffrey Holmes Posted January 28, 2005 Report Share Posted January 28, 2005 Michael covered things well, and I assume you already know about spreading the feet... The bridge I illustrated has a longer bass leg than treble leg as well. I, fortunately or unfortunately, already sent the bridge in question out the door with one of the Detroit Symphony 'cellists, so I can't sneak a profile shot. The bridge I have scheduled to cut next is a Belgian style... probably would tend to complicate things to show that at this point. The front of my 'cello bridges are a bit more curved than my fiddle bridges, I suppose. This is partially as I start the relief of the outside edge just above the foot and progress to the top arch (the side itself is pretty straight). and I like to keep the center pretty firm (The foot is 10.5 to 11, the wood just above the "crotch" is 8 to 8.5 +). The outside relief makes the bridge look thiner than it is, in reality. To give you an idea of the curve of the face, the bottom arm of the kidney wing measures somewhere around 6 to 6.5 mm when I get done with it, so there is about 1 mm of relief on each side at that point. The back is relieved slightly above the heart to the top, a tad bit more on the A side than the C. BTW, I get to this shape by meauring the points I gave you. I measure the foot thickness and top thickness. The rest is by eye... I do tend to measure the closest point between the kidney and heart, as I like to keep this as full as possible while still giving the heart a nice shape (and most blanks have little there to spare). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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