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Hello everyone, I'm new here (though I've been lurking from time to time), and have a weird question. I recently bought a sixty dollar "attic violin" from ebay to restore and (if all goes well) play. I purchased the instrument because it had a well worn, rustic quality; a somewhat roughly carved scroll, nice chocolaty finish, and interesting figuring on the back. Today I finished removing the top plate, and was met with a very strange interior. The entire rib assembly, except for the neck and end blocks has been cut from one piece of wood. I mean, the corner blocks, all the ribs, and the lining are all one piece. I have read quite a bit about lutherie and restoration over the past few years, and spent most of today researching this matter, but I can't find any other instance of this. Unfortunately I don't have a camera to take pics of it, but I wanted to ask around and see if anyone else has encountered this method of construction before. This violin is unlabeled and of unknown age and origin, but it certainly looks, feels, and smells like its at the very least 40-50 years old. It looks like someone put a lot of love into making it at least, and with the exception of the crack on the top that I'm preparing to fix, its in pretty good shape. Has anyone heard of this before? Perhaps it was a common regional practice or a labor saving device employed by some trade instrument makers? Any feedback on this is most appreciated.