I actually already knew about this "problem", but it is starting to manifest itself in a different way.
I have an MK that I bought just prior to them going to stores. #The only thing I was really disappointed in was the fit of the bridge to the top. #It didn't. #I have described this to you guys before - I think in a discussion of setups. #I plan on it, but I live a good 2-3 hours from all teh suggested places.
To basically describe its original fit: #The foot on the lower (E string) side of the instrument, only touched the top at one point, the point of the bridge foot closest to the middle of the instrument. #From that point out, the foot remains 'in the air', enough to slide a piece of paper a fair ways under. #The top (G string) side is fit much "better". #MK's reponse to my concern was that they do not fit the bridges to the tops for each instrument.
Well tonight, I noticed that my brige is LEANING towards the headstock. #Perhaps 10 degrees. #Maybe less maybe more. #But it is noticeable. #It may have to do with my recent string change...however, I do NOT remove all teh strings at once and replace. #I remove and replace two or four at a time, working from G to E. #I was thinking of loosening the strings substantially enough to see if the bridge can be set vertically again.
I have never had this instrument set up professionally. #I think it sounds geat and stays in tune. #With my chromatic tuner, however, it seems that the higher I play a note or chord on the neck, the more out of tune it appears on the tuner. #
Well, obviously I could use a setup and a proper bridge fitting. #Perhaps a bone nut and a new tailpiece etc... too.
I just thought a few of you could relate or share your thoughts. I appreciate it.
PS I SHOULD NOTE that if you look at the mando from the top (side, in cross section so to speak), and study the profile of the mandolin, that teh 'peak' or height of the top does not occur at teh point of bridge placement, but closer back to the tailpiece. I was thinking of searching for some images on this site that might help me with this question. Simply put, the bridge does not site on the 'highest' spot on the top, and this may or may not be applicable, but I thought it might contribute to the leaning I have now.