Violin bridges. I was trying to copy that Bein and Fushi bridge below mine. They have to be carved so that the feet fit the body of the instrument properly. After that the bridge has to be shaped so that the bridge is flexible but not weak structurally.
Each shop has It’s own style.
All I’ve been doing for the past few months is set up.
This is a viola made by a maker who will remain anonymous. Maybe to a player you don’t notice the excessive number in flaws just aesthetically speaking. But this is why price is irrelevant in the quality of an instrument made by hand. Generally speaking a an instrument made by a master violin maker will go for a pretty handsome price. You usually need 20 or more years of experience. This instrument was made in the 80s. But the maker claims to have studied the craft in Italy and be the ‘closest thing to a Italian master today in the states’.
This is the quality of most of the makers works.
Lets set aside aesthetics and look at the instrument structurally speaking. As you see there is a crack from the lower lobe of the fhole to the c bout. A pretty common crack for instruments pushing 100 years old. This viola is 30 years old, the crack has been there for a while.
This maker owes a lot of people money and convinces players he is a maestro. This viola was appraised by the maker for a minimum of 25,000 dollars. If you see older posts you can find modern makers instruments, beautifully executed, for about 12 and a half.
Shop around boys and girls.
and don’t get fucked by guys like this (yeah he’s a guy…. narrows it down a bit for you).