"LOL, its fine, I didn't think you were trying to be a know it all....I welcome all tips and advice. They are very cool projects, at the moment, I am running out of room for projects and instruments...I have the Cigar Box violin, I have…"
"I should have asked first. Of course you tweeked it after building it. I wasn't trying to be a "Know It All", just trying to help if I could.
It really is a cool project and I'm sure you're proud of it(as you should…"
"Hi Bruce, you are correct, I did wind up making the bridge a little thinner, that was my first attempt at making my own bridge, I have another friend that is a fiddle player and he pointed out the same thing. It is actually thinner now, and I…"
I just joined and found your project. I like it and it's probably close to what I'll end up getting into. I have experience cutting and fitting violin/fiddle bridges so I wonder why your bridge is so fat?.
Logic makes you think the…"
"Ok, the length of the box is 9 1/2 inches
from where the finger board ends at the nut to where the neck exits the box the box is about 9 inches.
from the very end of the neck where the peg box is, to the end of the neck going thru the box, its about…"
"I post the measurements of the box and the neck in about an hour when I get home and measure it.
I kind of winged it based on the size of my finger board, and because I made the peg box.
I think the plans say start with 23…"
"Out of curiosity how long is the box you used? Also, what is the length of the neck from the point it exits the box to the point that the fingerboard ends at the nut? I'm trying to follow the 1940 plans and it didn't specify exactly…"
"Thanks, here is an updated image of it with the new tailpiece and nylon tail gut, with the tailpiece now the box is almost too short, not much room between the tailpiece and the bridge. Oh and still using the bridge I made, I should probably…"
"Thanks Wade. There was a lot of frustration on the fiddle build, but I think I about got it. The Start-right strings I ordered came today along with my actual tailpiece and tail gut...I was actually able to tune it, its fallen a little out…"
"when you put them on, put on one and just tighten it to take out the slack, don't bring it up to pitch. Then add the others the same way. Then you bring them all up a bit at a time one after the other, so the stress on them is…"
"Thanks, I started with Violin strings, but I was getting them off ebay for $2.99, probably was part of the problem. The ones I am waiting on now, are StartRight Strings...they say they are good quality...hopefully they are.
I almost wish it…"
"That's a great little fiddle -- well done! I think you'll have a much better time when you have your real fiddle strings. Steel ones are not that expensive for a set, they are generally louder and a bit more harsh so might be…"
"Sounds like its coming together for you. I am still having string issues....guitar strings were suggested, but they are way too long and putting way to much stress on my screw eye that the tailpiece is attached to. Currently waiting on the…"