Violin Bridge Fitting
Standard: $35 plus the cost of the Aubert #7 bridge. *
Deluxe: $100 plus the cost of the Deluxe Aubert bridge.
Student: $30 plus the cost of the Aubert #5 bridge *
Here is a violin bridge that I fit in April 1987, it's still being used everyday.
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L.R. Baggs Violin Bridges
Fitting: $35-40 plus the cost of the bridge. These electric bridges really sound quite good.
L.R. Baggs Website
Viola Bridge Fitting
Standard $35 plus the cost of the Aubert bridge. *
Deluxe: $75 plus the cost of the Deluxe Aubert bridge.
Student: $35 plus the cost of the Aubert #5 bridge. *
Cello Bridge Fitting
Standard: $65 plus the cost of the Aubert #16 Bridge. *
Deluxe: $135 plus the cost of a Deluxe Aubert bridge.
Student:: $65 plus the cost of the Aubert #14 Bridge. *
Bass Bridge Fitting
Standard: $195 plus the cost of the Aubert bridge. *
Deluxe: $275 plus the cost of the Aubert bridge.
Bridges are hand fitted using a knife and file. The first step is thinning the base of the bridge to the correct thickness. The feet are then fit using a sharp knife. Once the feet are finished the curve of the bridge is drawn on the face of the bridge and then it's cut down using a knife. The face or chest of the bridge is then created. By modifying the shape of the bridge's chest you can change the color of the instruments sound. Next is thinning the feet, not too thick or too thin. The arch between the feet and the wings and heart can also be adjusted for a brighter or darker sound. For longevity, string notches are created using a couple of light file swipes, then the final notch is burnished in using the smooth edge of a file. Cello and Basses tuned to pitch and the final height adjustment is made the following day.
Violin Repair: With proper care bridges can last decades. Every time you tune the bridge should be straightened so that the back of the bridge is perpendicular to the top. If the corners are straight they can be used as a reference, just have the imaginary line of the extended corner be parallel to the back of the bridge.
Note: Change strings one at a time. Remember to dope the pegs, take a pencil and rub it over the string groves on the nut and the bridge. When putting on new strings or tuning you need to always check the position of the bridge. The back of the bridge needs to be perpendicular to the top of the instrument. Keeping your bridge straight will make it last for years and years.
Also when tuning using the pegs, if the bridge is never straightened, it will tend to warp because there is uneven tension between the string in front of the bridge and the tension behind the bridge. Straightening the bridge allows the string tension to equalize and the force is straight down. Even when tuning you need to check the position of the bridge because if you are not paying attention the bridge could start leaning forward and will eventually fall forward. Bridges that snap forward can easily break or even worse yet they could crack the top of the instrument.
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* The cost of the bridge is discounted 40% off the current list price.