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  1. I was thinking side view, overlaying a mental protractor. For argumentative sake, consider a neck with a shim which reduces the angle of rise, more towards the horizontal. That could reduce the fingerboard height at it's bridge end by a few millimeters, for a given neck. It suggests that originally, the neck was made to one "standard", and then down the road modified to a different standard. Alternatives would be to recut the neck, or replace it. In my original question I was simply wondering if there were "standards" which evolved over time (for whatever reason) that resulted in a lower neck angle being decided as "best", vs "X" number of years earlier, and if those changes were dramatic enough to observe and be quantifiable. Perhaps it's nothing more than a luthier's own preferences when repairing/setting up 100+ year old instruments.
  2. Give or take a month or so. Has there been a trend over time to an increased angle for the fingerboard relative to the top plate? I believe I understand that is the case. If so, has this been quantified in a way that would help date violins, given an original neck? Also, if so, are their countries of origin in which these changes were greater or lesser? Thanks.