August 2009


Fourteen year old Griffin Soller is one to watch – Here he is playing the celtic tune ‘Catharsis’

Cheers
Jerry

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I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the Tasmanian Blackwood bridge I made previously – it was functional, but the sound was thin – the cost of making it from a particularly hard wood. After doing some reading I found that many violin bridges are made from sycamore – and having some American sycamore handy I thought it was time to give it a go and see how a close-grained sycamore bridge would sound.

An hour later and here is the result РI also moved the sound-post a little as it was some distance away from the bridge, and the result is like a completely different instrument Рmore body, more volume and a more rounded sound altogether.  The wood is nice to carve Рquite docile and not prone to splitting.

New Hardanger fiddle bridge

New Hardanger fiddle bridge

And from the other side

New Hardanger (hardingfele) bridge

New Hardanger (hardingfele) bridge

I started by cutting a rectangle, then I overlaid the previous bridge and traced a line around the old one to ensure that the D-slot for the sympathetic strings would be at the right height, and then cut out the shape with a GMC hobby bandsaw and finished to shape with a good sanding. The top is tapered thinner than the rest from about halfway up from the feet. I fitted the feet to the body shape of the hardanger and then re-strung the instrument.

It’s probably still a bit on the thick side – what do you think?

Cheers
Jerry