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Straightening a cello bridge

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On 12/31/2019 at 1:05 PM, martin swan said:

Depends what you're lending them while they wait ...:lol:

If you lend them something too nice, they get used to it. Then when they pick up their own fiddle, they'll think your work screwed up the sound. :D

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31 minutes ago, David Burgess said:

If you lend them something too nice, they get used to it. Then when they pick up their own fiddle, they'll think your work screwed up the sound. :D

I learnt from my father, as a child, to always lend a better violin/bow than the stuff that they had already. If you haven’t worked out why yet, Martin won’t be able to explain it to you

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34 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

I learnt from my father, as a child, to always lend a better violin/bow than the stuff that they had already. If you haven’t worked out why yet, Martin won’t be able to explain it to you

Sure, if you have stuff you want to sell. Oldest trick in the book. ;)

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Another cause of warping that’s often overlooked is the fit of the instrument in the case. A lot of people pile multiple cloths and/or blankets on top of their instruments, inadvertently putting stress on the top of the bridge when the cases are closed. This happens a lot with cellos, especially with close-fitting cases. Sometimes the issue comes down to improper and placement of the instrument in its case. 

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1 hour ago, jacobsaunders said:

I learnt from my father, as a child, to always lend a better violin/bow than the stuff that they had already. If you haven’t worked out why yet, Martin won’t be able to explain it to you

Sometimes that can be the cause of the customer never returning! Not that it’s a bad idea to lend better things out, but I’ve been at shops that got burned that way. 

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4 minutes ago, jacobsaunders said:

Sorry, forgot that you have nothing to sell:D

My 7-10 year wait list may exceed my life expectancy. :(

Last month, I refunded two deposits to people who decided that they had gotten tired of waiting. It was a relief for me, and I sincerely hope they do well with other options. :)

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To discourage the bridge from warping after being straightened, I make a thin solution of aliphatic resin (wood) glue and soak the bridge for an hour or so after it's been straightened (using MD's method), I then wipe the bridge with a paper towel and buff on a piece of cloth or very fine abrasive. 

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On 1/4/2020 at 1:50 PM, David Burgess said:

My 7-10 year wait list may exceed my life expectancy. :(

Any teenage grandchildren yet to help out?

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