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Chipped kidney wing: OK to play?


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A fellow violinist recently noticed that a tiny part of my bridge had chipped off and was horrified that I was continuing to play my instrument rather than getting it repaired immediately.

A cursory Google seems to suggest that this part of the bridge is called the kidney wing, but I may be wrong. It does not, to my eyes, seem to be crucial to the structural integrity of the bridge, but what do I know? Do I need to get my bridge replaced ASAP or is this not a big deal?

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It won't affect the strength of the bridge but might affect the sound slightly (have you or others noticed any difference?). The main impact is aesthetic - like a statue with a broken limb.

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It seems that whatever caused it to break, also moved the bridge several millimeters towards the bass side. It must have been a quite strong impact. 

Please put the bridge back into the correct position and check your violin for cracks and other damage.

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1 hour ago, Matthias Lange said:

It seems that whatever caused it to break, also moved the bridge several millimeters towards the bass side. It must have been a quite strong impact. 

Please put the bridge back into the correct position and check your violin for cracks and other damage.

Yeah. The bridge position is certainly more important than the lost wood. You would do yourself a favor by taking it to a competent violin maker to have a new bridge made in the correct position and  which would not horrify your colleagues.

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1 hour ago, Matthias Lange said:

It seems that whatever caused it to break, also moved the bridge several millimeters towards the bass side. It must have been a quite strong impact. 

Please put the bridge back into the correct position and check your violin for cracks and other damage.

I am not sure how it was playable with the G-string almost off the fingerboard! 

But, yes, get thee to a lutherie!

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2 hours ago, Matthias Lange said:

It seems that whatever caused it to break, also moved the bridge several millimeters towards the bass side. It must have been a quite strong impact. 

Please put the bridge back into the correct position and check your violin for cracks and other damage.

57 minutes ago, GeorgeH said:

I am not sure how it was playable with the G-string almost off the fingerboard! 

But, yes, get thee to a lutherie!

Yikes, I can't believe I didn't notice that :wacko: I confess that I just got my violin back out recently after it sitting in its case for a couple of years and haven't played it yet. I have no idea what the impact could have been but it may have happened before I put it in storage and I just don't remember it happening. Will certainly have it checked out by a luthier to make sure all is well.

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If you haven't played it yet then make sure it gets a good clean. You shouldn't leave that amount of Roisin dust sitting on an instrument for a long period of time. Get a good microfibre cloth and just wipe the instrument down after each play.

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