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Is a one piece back beter than a two piece?
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V10L1N
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July 30, 2016 - 11:52 pm
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Sorry if this topic has been covered before. But it is something I have always been curious about.

 

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July 31, 2016 - 1:34 pm
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Hello there and welcome.

 This a good question.. You might want to also ask luthiers@fiddlershop.com

I have both 2piece and 1 piece backed fiddles and only difference I can tell is in the makers craftsmanship. Even looking here you will find fine violins with both.

I hope we can both get a better answer.. Have a great day.

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July 31, 2016 - 11:51 pm
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V10L1n,

Good question, all the research I have done on this subject there seems to be very little if any difference in a one piece and a two piece back. Some folks think the two piece back is a bit more stable, others do not. It does takes a much larger tree to make a one piece back compared to a two piece. It seems all the makers for the last 300+ years have used both one piece and two piece backs with great success. I'm sure its a debate that will be renewed with each new generation of fiddlers.

 

Mark 

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Just as good. A great violin which is built the right way is just as good whether it's a two piece back or a one piece. It's more a matter of taste. There is no price difference between the two either.

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August 1, 2016 - 8:14 am
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I just created a poll inspired by your question @V10L1N . Please submit your preference. For those of you who haven't seen it, it's on the right side bar towards the top.

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