Bridging the decades: Bridges from the archive

De Jacques - April 1964

Instrument bridges have become pretty much standardised in the modern era, but in days of yore they came under as much scrutiny as strings, mutes and chin rests. These advertisements taken from the first half of The Strad ’s history testify to their designers’ ingenuity

The design of an instrument’s bridge is nowadays pretty much standardised – but it wasn’t always so. Leafing through the classified pages of The Strad’s archives reveals a number of intriguing patterns, materials and indeed scientific justifications…

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