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Thanks!

Thanks for the link with Tom Lehrer, quite funny!

Yes, almost no sandpaper, mainly on the scroll.

Manfio - appreciate the pics - always good to see details.

I have just closed the body on a De Salo inspired 420mm Viola and am just

starting the neck.

Do you have an optimum dimension for the nut width/string spacing ?

The various sources of info all vary somewhat - to the point of

nut and string spacing at the pegbox as the same as violin !

Nice to know what a viola player feels is right.

Geoff - ( trying to work with an infected right thumb and slowly appreciating

just how valuable our thumbs are ! )

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Hi Geoff! Thanks!

Yes, the neck is 24 mm and the string spacing on the nut is 17 mm. The thinnest part of the neck is 18.5 and the thickest 21 mm (with the fingerboard). There is no need to make it thicker or wider, I think, unless the player asks for that. It helps making the instrument light too.

The measurements given by Terry Borman in his site good:

http://www.bormanviolins.com/setupdimensions.asp

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Yes, the neck is 24 mm and the string spacing on the nut is 17 mm. The thinnest part of the neck is 18.5 and the thickest 21 mm (with the fingerboard). There is no need to make it thicker or wider, I think, unless the player asks for that. It helps making the instrument light too.

Is this a 150 mm neck length and a 225 mm stop?

Or are violas generally a 375 mm string length with a shorter stop and neck length.

Thanks for the nice pictures.

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Another great viola, Luis! I really enjoy seeing your work - thanks for sharing!

Geoff, there are some valuable information on viola measurements on Helen Michetschläger's homepage, for example this transcript in her talks and articles section.

And yes, I do like adding links :)

Thanks Roland ( and Manfio )

I do have a copy of her Newark lecture notes - they were quite useful in sorting out the model, which is a De Salo

outline - but with my 'interpretation' of De Salo archings !

I will take a look at her homepage - as she seemed to make a good bit of sence.

I have most of the measurements available online Prior ,Boorman, Centrum etc - but they

all vary a bit.

Also some useful info at http://www.alangoldblatt.com - though some of his instruments are a bit weird !

Geoff

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