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Magnus Nedregard

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It looks to my eye,like an overlapping upper bout ,indicating an inside form, the splits are not splits but wedge cuts,that I understand to be Cremonesse...looks like a pretty loose fit on the upper bout to block joint.From the shape of the block, a more or less equal triangle, It seems like a diagonal block form, rather than a square corner block design, ...counter indicating period Cremonesse work. I'm a total newb on this aspect, and just taking wild guesses. it would be nice to see a few more angles.

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What makes you say out side mould?

Just a feel, the overlapping upper bout may occur on an outside mould system too... but as a rule you see both ends of the ribs, and/or the corners meet rather in a point/parallel fashion. Right you are; on this corner the outside rib has a little bit the overhand, but the block isn't really filling up the corner, looks pushed in afterwards, and is centered on the corner. Looking very closely you will see both ends are sort of pointed at the ends, from the inside. But I wasn't there while he did it :-)

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I like this unusal pegbox, but don't know why the shape, maybe just fashion ?


That was the model of peg box on practically all 18th & 19C Austrian/Bohemian Basses, except that that one has either been horribly mutilated with new "cheeks", or is a replacement "in the style of" (made prior to cataract surgery)

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Whallop, I'm not sure there's any advantage to making pointy lining ends, other than at the end blocks where a 45 deg bevel helps keep em tight n snug. Actually, when morticing the centre bout linings I leave a bit of slack at each end to ensure the lining will push right in and fit well....if the ends were pointed, the slack would mean the ends would not fit !

Hi Bernie, nice idea.

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I believe many of these paintings are allegories of death. Perhaps the instruments are discarded, unstrung?

Looks to me like the artist found the tops to complicated, turned the instrument over and thought 'aha!'. Backs are more beautiful, and easier to paint. This particular painting looks like an exercise. (Note the fruit)

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