Post by John
For those of us with older instruments with six-hole bridges: do you use
Aside from aesthetics or convenience, they are said to improve the break
angle of the string and thus offer increased volume. Anyone found that to
be the case? Any downsides to using these?
After lowering my saddle I discovered the string-break-angle wasn't enough.
Doug Seth recommended I get some string beads, and I did. They did in fact
solve the problem for me. (Thank you to Doug for that!) I do hope to fill
the top of the holes, by gluing strips of ebony to the roof, so I can go
back to tying the strings, because I don't like the look of them.
I don't think the extra volume comes when, for example, playing with your
typical mezzo-forté touch you get forté, but rather it's that if the
string-break angle is too flat the string will lift off the saddle during
the initial up-vibrations when you're playing at a certain strength or
louder. It sounded like I had a loose brace inside chattering.
I suppose that theoretically, for the intensity-levels short of chattering,
but near that, the tone is better. I don't know; if it's true it's too
subtle for me to have noticed -- it's not something I can test by going
back and forth between the setups. In my opinion the beads are only worth
using if you need to avoid a chattering sound at forté or stronger.