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    From Stephen Perry - ".. Need a slightly curved edge..". Yes,that might very well have been the solution Stephen. I tried to use a standard 'Stanley knife' blade - what you folks call a ''box cutter'' with a straight blade. I also tried a large,straight bladed scalpel (as sharp as you can get),again to very little effect - a curved, ''point contact'' blade or scraper would have done it.I have such a scraper in my toolbox,one that i made for scraping metal back when i was an engineering apprentice in 1962 !. That would have done it,but i never thought of using it on such a small item = a mistake. However,wet & dry paper did it as perfectly as i'd ever need,eventually. I had to contour the straight saddle as well,& re-cut the slots. It took me over 4 hours,but i enjoyed every minute of it. The result & satisfaction was it's own reward & i wouldn't hesitate to do it again if necessary,
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    Here is the scraper I am using most of the time.

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    Hi Stephen - My own scraper is intended for metal,& isn't as curved,but it would have given me 'point contact',
    Ivan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    Hi Stephen - My own scraper is intended for metal,& isn't as curved,but it would have given me 'point contact',
    Ivan
    I've not noticed wood caring what it's scraped with!

    My issue is that I've not been able to get the control I want with sandpaper. No matter what jig or technique, when I chalk test afterwards I end up with excess contact in the center of the pads. So a scraper seems the way to go. Similar issue with flat scraper and with bridge knives for violin bridges.
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    I just bought a Brekke bridg for my Collings A oval. I started the fitting, got intimidated, and arranged with the local volin shop (small town) to ft the bridge. I like the sound quite a lot. Richer, no real volume loss that I can tell. They id quite a nice job with the fitting.
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