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A violin that I recently purchased at an auction (Slosberg in Philadelphia) is easy enough to bow, but the left hand has to work unusually hard (push extra hard) to stop notes on all four strings. Does this mean that the issue probably isn't the bridge, but the nut...or something else?

Strings are pretty standard...medium Dominants w/ Gold Label E.


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Check 3 things for this problem. 1) file your nut grooves so that a business card slides snugly under the tightened string. 2) Lower the grooves on your bridge to the suggested string height over the end of the finger board discussed frequently on this site. 3) Are the current strings 'heavies' and how old or dead might they be ?

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