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i am but a baby in the violin world, but i am a master craftsman, and there is nothing in this world that i cannot build. wood, stone, metals, plastics, the materials makes no difference, with enough horsepower or manpower i have the skills to manufacture anything, passed down from generation to generation for the last 220 years. 1 month ago out of no where i woke with the idea of building a violin a violin, every since then the idea has consumed me...so now i study, read books, and have involved 100's of hours of research before picking up the first tool, still i have many questions, probably it will be 6 months or even longer before i start, i have to know everything, density of the wood, height and length of the curvatures, thickness and wood pretreatment, it has to be perfect.....but i keep running up on several x-rays that have a 6-8mm spine running down the length of the body on the inside of the instrument. mostly it runs under the G-string, but i have rarely seen it under the E-string,...someone please explain what this is and what it does, i need to know everything about this.. it looks like a piece carved from the bottom side of the top cover, down the length, maybe because the top is thin it needs rigidity??? please i need any and all input...thank-you ......here are some examples https://plus.google.com/110032.....0010346386 http://www.aviolin.com/blog/ct.....n-xray.JPG http://archivesmusee.citedelam.....face.jpg http://www.engineering.com/por...../Viol1.jpg
Hey, Jess - that's the bass bar. It's glued to the top part of the instrument to make the deeper sounds resonate better. I am not sure about the technical details, but I'm sure that's what it does. Hope I've been helpful.
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@jevans: Everything you need to know about violin construction / making is in this set of books.
These are considered the "holy grail" of violin, viola, cello and double bass making.
I have the first one, "USEFUL MEASUREMENTS FOR VIOLIN MAKERS"
Try them on for size.