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Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Bergerman, Nov 28, 2017.
Bass Viol W/bag 1952 Kay
No affiliation...just found this interesting!
There was an old thread about those bridges around here somewhere, but I can't find it. They are certainly pretty strange. No idea what it would sound like.
I'm both skeptical and curios.
I once owned a Kay with this exact bridge! I wonder if this is it?
Here's a picture:
And here's the thread I remember, which identifies it as a Framus bridge.
I really hope there's a good amount of cork, or something cushioning underneath those feet. I have seen a nice old ply with very distinct impressions in the the top where the feet were....
This is what is known as "a bridge too far." Seems to me it is reversed in all pictures. I think the bridge would better resist being pulled forward by string tension if the single foot were foremost.
I have wondered where the soundpost position would be, since the from feet are pretty far north of crown of the bridge and the trailing foot might complicate how the top interacts with the soundpost. Are there some DB luthiers here who routinely service older plywood basses with this kind of bridge, most likely using gut strings? What has been your experience with the soundpost positioning?
My first bass had one of those. There are little disks with cork padding where the thing sits on the top. The theory was that the extra point of contact with the top created sort of a fulcrum that took weight off of the bridge and allowed it to rock - vibrate - back and forth. You can imagine how well it worked. Cast iron is known as a wonderful conductor of vibration, and so is cork for that matter!