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  Bridge (instrument) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Instruments of this type, such as arch-top guitars and mandolins, often have a bridge comprising a base and a separate saddle that can be adjusted for height.
Bridges are designed to hold the strings at a suitable height above the fingerboard of the instrument.
Non-locking (or vintage) tremolos are the bridges found on all guitars manufactured prior to the advent of the Floyd Rose locking tremolo in the late 1970s and many (typically cheaper) guitars manufactured thereafter.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Bridge_(instrument)   (1271 words)

 Lars Kirmser's Music Trader - Instruments For Sale - Bassoons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Bridges on instruments of the Violin Family are made of a unique grade of maple.
Bridges on the violin family are freestanding, never being affixed or glued to the instrument's top, but rather being held in place by the tension of the strings passing over them.
Since the bridge is tapered, and the sides of the crown (arch) are lower than the middle, it will be necessary for you to plane more material from the outside edges where it is thicker A good method is to plane radially from the center of the bridge outwards.
www.musictrader.com /string4m.html   (4537 words)

 Pickup system for bridge of stringed musical instrument - Patent 5911171
A bridge for stringed instruments having a central slotted opening for receipt of the blades of a pickup device such that the blades are adapted to move laterally back and forth and forwardly and back within the opening so as to vary the sound achieved by the bridge.
A standard bridge thus includes a central body having an upper edge for contacting the instrument's strings and a pair of sides which are generally interrupted with inwardly extending scroll cuts to in part define a pair of legs which in turn contact the upper surface of the instrument shell.
The areas of the bridge disposed between the slotted side openings 19 and the central scroll opening 22 are referred to as pillars 30 and, in effect, by being of reduced lateral extent form springs that are somewhat flexible and thus in part is believed to achieve some of the tonal qualities of bridges.
www.freepatentsonline.com /5911171.html   (2661 words)

 All Things Strings: Your Instrument
The repeated action of tightening strings during tuning tends to tilt a bridge toward the scroll.
The bridge's feet should conform perfectly to the arch of the instrument's belly.
If the bridge still appears to be tilting forward, especially if there is a curl from the feet to the notches on top—chances are it is warped.
www.stringsmagazine.com /issues/Strings106/yourinstrument.html   (1315 words)

 An Acoustical Study of Double Bass Bridge Height Adjusters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
It seems unlikely that a virtuoso violinist would cut through the legs of his instrument’s bridge in order to improve his instrument’s playing performance, yet that is exactly what 60-80 percent of American bassists do by installing bridge height adjusters on their instruments.
The bridge is a general term for the part of an instrument upon which strings rest and through which vibrations are transmitted to the soundboard and resonating body of the instrument.
Massive Bridge- bridge height adjusters generally sound brighter than the massive bridge, with the exception of the brass model in the lower range and the wood models in the lower-middle range.
iwk.mdw.ac.at /Forschung/english/dbb/dbb.htm   (2352 words)

 Stewart-MacDonald: Free information, i-4006
To adjust the spider, place a thin wooden shim (1/16" to 3/32") under the high leg (at the intersection of the leg and the outer ring), hold the center of the spider down, and tap the tip of the leg lightly with a small mallet.
The saddle for a spider bridge is typically made of thin, quartersawn maple (endgrain is parallel to the strings), although some builders prefer maple with an ebony cap, similar to a banjo bridge.
For slide instruments, string height at the nut is typically 3/8" from the fretboard.
www.stewmac.com /freeinfo/I-4006.html   (1663 words)

Bridge pins are used to anchor the strings in the bridge.
Frequently the bridge will be "compensated" by moving it or by cutting the saddle to achieve the desired vibrating string length.
On fretted instruments, the saddle is the part of the bridge over which the string passes and which defines the end of the vibrating string.
www.frets.com /FRETSPages/General/Glossary/glossary.html   (1924 words)

 Paul Hostetter, luthier
Once a bridge has become bent through neglect, the cell structure of the wood is crushed and the bridge is permanently damaged.
A correctly aligned bridge should have its back face (the one facing the tailpiece) at a 90º angle to the line where the sides meet the face of the instrument.
To adjust a violin or viola bridge, the instrument should be placed in the lap, scroll pointed away from you.
www.lutherie.net /care.html   (1997 words)

 Cauer Violins - Care booklet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Some people (usually teachers, who frequently try out instruments for their students) are often able to select the most suitable instrument(s) quickly out of dozens or more, while other musicians become exhausted before they get through the first round.
To keep the bridge from hitting the inside of the case cover, the case should be equipped with inside straps that hold the neck down.
If the bridge does not move easily enough, we lower the strings one by one, lubricate the notch in the bridge with the graphite of a soft pencil, and re-tune.
www.cauer.com /violincare/ViolinCare.htm   (5749 words)

 Bridge (instrument) - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Bridge (instrument), support for the strings of an instrument that determines its length and transmits vibrations to the body.
Bridge, Electrical, electric circuit used to measure electrical values such as resistance, the ability to oppose the flow of electric current;...
Monochord in music, an ancient scientific instrument consisting of a single string stretched over a soundbox with a movable bridge.
encarta.msn.com /Bridge_(instrument).html   (93 words)

 “Some Principles of Violin Setup,” Journal of the Violin Society of America, November 1995
If we limit ourselves to the bridge's static functions, what is at stake is the amount of room the bow has to clear the treble C bout, and perhaps more important, the amount of string tension that will be transferred downward onto the belly of the instrument.
The bridge's dynamic functions can be conveniently divided into two categories, the first based on cases in which the bridge acts as an essentially rigid support for the strings, the second in which the bridge is seen as a flexible coupling.
If the bridge is acting as a rigid unit, then its ability to move in response to the urgings of the strings depends on the mobility of the top directly under the bridge feet.
www.josephcurtinstudios.com /news/tech/journal_vsa/principles.htm   (6031 words)

 Olympus NDT :: NDT Engineering
Bridge type probes used to give a limited frequency span in the older instruments, as these had to balance an electrical bridge using its other arms (X and R controls).
In modern instruments, the bridge is normally formed with fixed precision resistors, or a fixed transformer inside it.
Depending on the instrument’s wiring, it may be possible to have a single adapter for both bridge and reflection.
www.ndteng.com /tutorial.html   (1217 words)

 Double Bass Bridge Adjusters - part of the range of Double Bass Accessories from The Contrabass Shoppe
Bridge adjusters are a simple yet ingenious device that raise or lower one's strings in order to facilitate a more desirable playing action.
In those countries whose seasonal variation in atmospheric conditions is great enough to create a height movement in the table of an instrument the bridge adjuster is obligatory.
Bridge adjusters really are an essential aid to today's player - they just make every sort of playing so much easier.
www.contrabass.co.uk /bridgeadjusters.htm   (554 words)

 Bridge Instrument information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The instruments were designed and built by qualified Luthiers, the directors of the company, who developed traditional instruments into these contemporary designs.
All instruments have retained the essential reference points found on their acoustic counterparts, and have a standard set up, so although these instruments are quite far removed from their orchestral equivalents, their playing technique remains the same.
The bodies of the instruments are made from carbon fibre, giving a high strength to weight ratio, and enabling the creation of exciting new shapes across the range.
www.peterknight.net /bridgeinstinfonw.htm   (308 words)

 Bridge (music) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the part of a musical instrument which transmits the vibrations of strings to a soundboard, see bridge (instrument).
The bridge may be the middle-eight in a thirty-two-bar form (the B in AABA), or it may be used more loosely in verse-chorus form, or, in a compound AABA form, used as a contrast to a full AABA section, as in "Every Breath You Take".
Lyrically, the bridge is typically used to pause and reflect on the earlier portions of the song or to prepare the listener for the climax.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bridge_(music)   (285 words)

 Welcome to Mel Bay's Fiddle Sessions® Web Magazine
While tuning an instrument the bridge has the tendency to bend slightly.
In winter, keep a humidifier in the room where the instrument is stored and crack the case lid open for circulation.
Transport your instrument by undoing the tension of the strings and putting a soft paper towel between tailpiece and top.
www.fiddlesessions.com /feb04/instrumentcare.html   (752 words)

 bridge - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Bridge (structure), structure designed to provide continuous passage over an obstacle.
Bridges commonly carry highways, railroad lines, and pathways...
Bridge (game), one of several related card games played by four people with a deck of 52 cards.
encarta.msn.com /bridge.html   (191 words)

 "Old Master" Fretted Instrument Parts & Accessories   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Bridge is adjustable for heights from approximately 1 1/4" to 1 1/2".
This is a two foot contact bridge and, although it may fit many archtops very closely, it is also possible some minor fitting will be necessary to conform the bottom of this bridge to the top of your guitar.
This is a two foot contact bridge and, although it may fit many archtops very closely, it will likely require the usual minor fitting to conform the bottom of this bridge to the top of your guitar.
members.cox.net /musicman5/archbridges.htm   (885 words)

 Weber Brekke Bridge for Mandolin Innovative Design Weber mandola octave mandolin bridges
Unlike standard adjustable bridges that transfer vibrational energy from wood to metal and then back to wood, and finally to the top of the instrument; the Brekke bridge transfers energy from one solid piece of ebony to another solid piece and then to an ebony base and finally into the instrument top.
Since the bridge is made of the same solid wood throughout there is no energy loss caused by passing vibrations from wood to metal and then back to wood.
My only criticism of the Brekke bridge is that when you first put it on it may not initially sound as good as the original bridge.
www.folkofthewood.com /page1503.htm   (1001 words)

 Violin Bridge Works - Online
The use of asymmetry in bowed string instrument bridge design is protectd by U.S. Pat.
Multi Transducer Bridges Violin pickups and electric violins from BTS are high end and state of the art. We produce high-quality electric violin transducers.
Bridge Instrument Parts Make and design electric violins, cellos and double basses using the time honoured skills of traditional luthery.
www.violinbridgeworks.com   (1106 words)

 Adjustable bridge assembly for acoustical stringed instruments (US5052260)
A bridge assembly for a stringed musical instrument having a block-like platform member secured to a bridge member which is fixed with respect to a sound board cover of the instrument the bridge member has an upper surface with a groove therein seating of the platform member.
A string of the instrument passes on a saddle under tension, the contact of the string with the saddle establishing the vibration length of the string.
The saddle is connected to the platform member for longitudinal adjustment thereon to effect string length fine tuning.
www.delphion.com /details?pn10=US05052260   (154 words)

Bridging the Gap When the QuadraSynth line came on the market back in the early '90s, it offered a lot of high-powered features.
Once this data is in place, you can use Sound Bridge to compile it onto a PC Card or store the Project on your computer's hard disk for later use.
Make sure that the instrument samples you have are already in perfect tune: there are no provisions in a Sound Bridge Instrument to fine-tune each sample.
emusician.com /mag/emusic_sound_bridge_sorcery/index.html   (3416 words)

 Bridge Instruments   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
BRIDGE INSTRUMENTS come fitted with Thomsatic Superflex strings Other options are available.
Each instrument has its own bespoke electronics, frequency dedicated to its string configuration.
BRIDGE instruments are equally suited for use with small practice amps
www.bridgeinstruments.com /faq.htm   (582 words)

 Fishman Powerbridge
This energy, which travels directly through the bridge, is what gives an instrument its tone.
This unique design senses the vibrations of the instrument's body wood like no magnet pickup can, setting free the natural acoustic potential of the instrument.
Because the Powerbridge replaces your instrument's bridge, rather than its existing pickups, it does nothing to change the signature tone you bought your instrument for in the first place.
www.cybozone.com /fg/fishmanpbridge.html   (400 words)

 Alythea arts acoustic guitar bridge pins
In der Welt akustischer Instrumente kommt ein Produkt, das sowohl die Schönheit als auch den Laut Ihres akustischen Instrumentes verbessern wird, dort selten an.
Made of solid sterling silver, the endpins force each string into a more solid contact with the bridge and therefore improve the essential resonate elements of the instrument.
The result is a quicker transfer of energy between your fingers and your guitar.
www.ultimaguitar.com /altheabridgepins.htm   (426 words)

 Gilmer Wood Company Bridge Blanks and Peghead Veneers
It has beautiful color and grain, a sweet smell, and is very easy to work and stable in use.
It is a very close match to true Rio or Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) and as such is much in demand for musical instruments, especially guitars.
By far most Blackwood is used in the manufacture of turned woodwind instruments such as flutes, clarinets, fifes, piccolos, bagpipes, etc. It also is superb for acoustic guitar backs and sides, fingerboards, bridge blanks, peghead veneers, etc. Its stability, oily nature, resistance to moisture, and lovely tonal qualities make it superior to other timbers.
www.gilmerwood.com /instrument_wood-bridge-peg.htm   (3025 words)

When I Made My First Guitar, the Dragon Rose, I did not Like Bridges I could buy so I Hand-Made so I could Adjust Each String Individually for Height and Intonation and Take them Off from the Tail-Piece!!!
The Base of the Bridge Rings to an "E" and it will Re-Place Any Bridge--all you need is Center Line and Screw Driver!!!
You Will Find My Bridges on the Following Guitars: Freedom Rider, MerMaid Harpist, American Ecolution, and Lightening Dragon Bass!!!
www.violinguitarmaker.com /bridges.htm   (214 words)

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