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I have been reading with interest the post on Bridge Profiles and have seen that a lot of the bridges shown have the makers name stamped on them. Are these stamps burned in or pressed (stamped). Also where can you order these stamps? And is this the correct name for them?

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Pressed or burned, but usually pressed, I think. I coast mine over the flame of a burning candle to pick up carbon, and use that as the "ink".

Mine came from http://illinoisengraving.com/ and cost about $175. They're not the cheapest, but they do a lot of stamps for violin makers and know all the rules (bridge stamps are sharper than the usual commercial metal stamp, for instance),

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$175...Yikes!!! Thanks for the info Michael, but I probably only cut 20 bridges a year and would prefer something a little cheaper if it is available. Otherwise I will continue to sign my name on them. The trouble there is nobody can read my signature. :>(

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muddycreek,

EXCELLENT TOPIC!!!!! I have been thinking of asking the same question for quite some time. I make or finish many bride blanks. I have always wondered how to mark my bridges and where to obtain the necessary stamp or brand to mark my bridges. Regis, I looked at the website you listed for microstamps - Which one will work for bridges? If anyone else has any suggesions as to how put your makers mark on your bridges and where to obtain such a tools, I would truly appreciate your input.

muddycreek, Thanks for asking the question.

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My bridge stamp cost about 50 quid, from an English maker, can't remember his name but I remember that Nertz recommended him to me.

It's perhaps a little large at 2mm height, but I like it and it works very well.

Cheers.

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I guess I'm in a minority but I don't like to see graffiti on a bridge. Some folk are even stamping their bass bars in visible places. Of course it is nice for us to study bridges and see the fitter's name so conveniently but isn't there something inherantly vulgar about fitting a bridge to a nice old Cremonese for instance and then tagging the thing with one's own or company name???? Maybe I'm wrong...anyway, these days I just pencil my name & fitting date out of sight underneath the bridge.

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like ive said in previous posts, i write my name in crayon. sharpie might work better...nah too rich for my blood, i go to the nearest restaurant and ask to be seated, when the person goes to seat me, i grab one of those little bundles of crayons and run out of there screaming "im stradavari! Im stadavari!"

but i see your point, although when i spend the 30 minutes converting a chunk of maple into a bridge, i brand it. so if people see it and like it, it brings work to the shop as well as its nice to hear feedback (recently found a 3 pound maple chunk probably 120 years old, its the color of hot chocolate and ive split it into about 30 blanks, ive made 2 bridges with it, they sound fantastic)

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like ive said in previous posts, i write my name in crayon. sharpie might work better...nah too rich for my blood, i go to the nearest restaurant and ask to be seated, when the person goes to seat me, i grab one of those little bundles of crayons and run out of there screaming "im stradavari! Im stadavari!"

but i see your point, although when i spend the 30 minutes converting a chunk of maple into a bridge, i brand it. so if people see it and like it, it brings work to the shop as well as its nice to hear feedback (recently found a 3 pound maple chunk probably 120 years old, its the color of hot chocolate and ive split it into about 30 blanks, ive made 2 bridges with it, they sound fantastic)

chinny chin chin.

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