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Violin bridge string notches?

I just got a new violin and a new bridge to go with it. The bridge doesn't have any notches at the top for the strings to sit in. I cant for the life of me find some good info on the web on how far apart I should put the notches on the bridge.

its a full sized violin.

Any help would be appreciated.

Doing bridge work is not a DIY job. There are lots of things that need to be done to a bridge before the strings are tuned. The labor involved is extensive, that's why a bridge blank runs $5.00 and a properly fitted bridge is over $50.00. Occasionally, a cheap internet purchased instrument will be shipped without the bridge notches having been done, even if the rest is finished. It is still best to have the violin shop do this adjustment. However if you feel that you can accurately do the notches evenly and not too deep (no more than 1/3 the string diameter), the width for a 4/4 violin is 7/16" between each string.

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