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    The instrument I have came from a fiddle player and he had it set up as a fiddle. The action is pretty low, and the bridge is slightly less rounded (but not too much). Every instrument I have ever played came from someone that prefers a fiddle setup and the bridges are set up similar to what I’m used to. I showed my instrument to someone classically trained and they thought the bridge was about the same to what they were used to. Now, I’ve never played an instrument set up as a violin, but I thought there would be a noticeable difference in the bridges. I am wondering if people that play both fiddle and violin have two different instruments or are able to pull it off with the same setup?

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    I play both styles and have for many years. Most important for fiddle music are the strings and the depths of the C ribs, not the shape of the bridge. For “fiddling” I much prefer a stiff string like Helicore strung on an instrument with deep C ribs. The Helicore strings wear like iron, have a bright sound great for fiddle playing, and give that sound without being harsh. An instrument with deep C ribs will make it easier to make the fast string changes, double stops and exaggerated bow strokes so prevalent in fiddle music.
    While multiple violins aren’t mandatory, I have a 1870’s German Maggini model strung with Dominant strings (Kaplan E) for traditional music and a moderately priced Chanot style (corner-less violin) with very deep “C ribs, strung with Helicore strings for a fiddle jam. With the two, I’m ready for just about anything!
    I hope this helps,

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