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  1. I recently completed a Conte Vitale model viola, using the back photo on the poster as the body outline. Like you, I wanted to keep the interesting left-right asymmetry of the original. My finished instrument measurements are between those in your two columns. It looks and sounds fine. While shaping the arch, it was a challenge for me to make the big wide sweeping channel. So my arching ended up a a little fuller than the poster in the transitions into the channel. I did not go to the scary-thin channel thicknesses shown on the poster. 3.0 mm was my thinnest target thickness in the deepest part of the channel. A bigger challenge than the body in making a Conte Vitale model is deciding what to do with the cheeks on the pegbox. Many modern violists are not fans of cheeks. I ended up reworking the pegbox shape to eliminate the cheeks. By the way, should this thread be in the Pegbox, instead of the Luthier exchange?
  2. My first post - I'm excited to be able to add a small drop of suggestion to the ocean of wisdom I find here. A camera lucida is a good direction. My wife, a painter, sometimes uses an App on her iPad called Camera Lucida to duplicate portions of photographs. I tried it once on a non-violin project and was able to "project" a 2D image onto a contoured surface. It was a bit fiddly, but worked OK. If you can position the standoff distance to get the dimensions and alignment on the plate correct, it might work for an ff hole. Not sure it's better than a trusty template cutout. But might be worth a try. I included a link to a YouTube demo. If someone tries it, let us know how it works.