Products December 2022: The Blocketto bridge stabiliser

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A device built to prevent bridge movement and damage

Florence-based luthiers Paolo Sorgentone and Michele Mecatti have released their ‘Blocketto’ device for cello. With the help of restorer Roberto Salvadori, they originally designed the product in 2021 for violin, although work on a cello version followed soon after because the instrument often has ‘more problems with bridge stability’, according to Mecatti. The device is designed to secure the bridge while tuning and changing strings, and to prevent it from falling. To use it, the player slots the bridge into a resin block, and screws an adjustable slider to the end of the fingerboard. The product is to be used whenever the instrument is being tuned, or when it is not being played…

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