Rob Meldrum has an excellent ebook available to MC members describing the proper set up. All newbies should email him and get a copy as it is quite detailed and well written.
Thank you Rob!
What I now realize is that my new mandolin (eastman md305) needs bridge work. Although I think it plays and sounds fine, I noticed the middle of my bridge is not touching the surface of the body of the mandolin. I would say about 20 % of the bridge length right in the middle of the bridge is about 1 millimeter off the surface.
How important is this to fix ? I think the projection and volume and tone are fine as is but maybe I don't know what I'm missing?
My intonation is perfect and I already lowered the saddle for nice low action so I hate to mess with the bridge. I'm not particularly handy and don't have the right tools. I'm just starting to learn songs and hate to have down time on my new toy which I've barely put down in a week. There are guitar techs around but no one specializing in mando around. I would pay for a good set up but hate to have to pay for shipping too.
What to do? Keep playing or stop and get the bridge right? Is there apt to be enough difference for a newbie to notice ?