Is there any standard width height or breadth for violin bridges. I think I over sanded my bridge but it was pretty cheap it came with a 200 dollar violin. Can I sand the bridge myself carefully? Can anyone recommend any bridges? Also something to keep my violin clean? Also is there any solution for the rosin sticking on to the bow and the hair? Is it possible to get genuine horsehair? I live in India so online options would be good as there are not many sores around here. Any other general tips would be great.


Standard dimensions of violin bridges: the strings should be about 12 mm apart at the bridge, and the height of the bridge should be such that the G string is about 5.5 mm above the end of the fingerboard, the E string about 3.5 mm, the others in between, such that the curve makes it possible to bow all strings separately easily. This is subject to variation, depending on the violin and musical taste.

Keep your violin clean with a clean cloth. You shouldn't need any cleaning fluid if you do it every time after playing. Anything that will dissolve rosin might also remove varnish. If necessary (on your own responsibility) you can use a cloth with water and a bit of alcohol. Use care.

  • Thanks a lot. I guess that means I will have to shave down all of mine. Al the bridges are like an arc of a circle. – Tarun Sep 2 '17 at 10:14
  • @Tarun - Well, the bridge should be like the arc of a circle: but a small part of the arc. The fingerboard needs to have the right curve too. – Scott Wallace Sep 2 '17 at 11:26
  • Thanks a lot. Also is there any method to sand down the bridge properly because I am not able to sand the bottom legs of the bridge to match it to the curve of the violin. It ends up flat always. Also there is some discoloration on the fingerboard no changes in shape since I bought it. It is a second hand violin very old I guess it says 1716 on the inside. Is this a problem? Or just because the wood is old and also because of the secretions from the skin? – Tarun Sep 3 '17 at 15:28
  • I will try and upload a picture. – Tarun Sep 3 '17 at 15:29
  • @Tarun- about fitting the feet of the bridge to the violin: there's no easy way to do it, and it's almost impossible with sandpaper. Ideally, you should do it with a knive or a chisel, until the feet fit perfectly. – Scott Wallace Sep 3 '17 at 17:49

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