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Not likely - to my knowledge it’s never been done before. Until now. The International Violin Making School of Cremona kindly offered me their X-ray lab to examine the circa 1680 “Milan” Stradivari case and try to understand how it was made. The resulting images are being studied, for future publication, but already many interesting features are appearing. For example, the fact that the curved perimeter around the body of the violin is made of multiple blocks of spruce glued together in such a way to ensure that the grain is always crosswise, a lightweight and effective way to protect the violin from bumps. Don't worry about the nails - they go into the top and bottom panels and are thus invisible (in fact only visible in the x-ray image). Unprecedented new light on a distant past!
I got a link to this video in my in-box from Dimitri Musafia this morning. He has always been very kind to me and has sent me updates and new parts to try from Cremona. There are some very nice views of Cremona in the sunshine and shows how things go together with his cases. There are lots of other cases and other very good hand made cases, but I do love Musafia cases and they are worth their price. He is making one for the big viola Mike Jones is building for me. I don't work for him or have any financial interest in his company, just a customer. DLB