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Good morning to all the members and thank you for letting me join the group.

I am from Guatemala, actually  I am a violin maker, I just finished a Vihuela chambure with the back fluted. I just had a diagram  with no measurements.

¿Does any one can give me some info or advise, I do not have the hight of the bridge or the nut,  I have made it, but now that I put the gut strings I have a buzz in the   3rd fret.  I think the bridge is low, so I made  it higher, but it would be good to have the right hight from the nut to the diapason ( fingerboard) the hight of the strings at the end of  the diapason and the hight of the bridge. If any one can help me I would appreciate it. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day to all of you.

Feiga Siedler

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Hi Feiga, I was in the Paris museum when Carlos Gonzalez was finishing his drawing of the Chambure vihuela. It lay open on the bench next to mine. It was a marvellous and fascinating experience. Shortly after I built three copies. At first sight the vihuela looks difficult to build but I found it to be one of the most enjoyable building experiences of my career. To answer your question from yesterday, the original bridge is 9mm high while the string slots vary from 3.5mm to 4.0mm. I used 5mm so the strings sit 6mm above the belly. The original nut is 2mm above the fingerboard. I use 1.5mm at at the first fret for everything I build. I posted a photo. Hopes this helps.


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