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4 hours ago, Marty Kasprzyk said:

An argument was  that that the tapered upper bouts were to achieve optical effects to make the side view less parallel...

An argument I made the last time this topic was discussed is that if you want to have a short-ish neck block for ease of playing, but want to keep the other blocks tall-ish for volume, it's likely the easiest, fastest, most practical way to do it.  If you had a uniform taper, then you'd either need slightly different size upper and lower corner blocks, or you'd have to plane/sand the upper ones down more.  Easier just to put in the same size corner blocks and taper the upper ribs a bit.

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12 hours ago, Marty Kasprzyk said:

An argument was  that that the tapered upper bouts were to achieve optical effects to make the side view less parallel:

Antonio Pace, "Bee in a Foxglove bell: Historical and cultural perspectives on the stylistic quandary of the present-day violin maker"  Catgut Acoust. Soc. J. Vol. 1, Nov. 8  November 1991

"The slight diagonal introduced in the upper bout by dropping the ribs height has the effect of reducing the visual height of that bout to that of the lower bout."

 

According to Roger Hargrave, the taper was a result of the Baroque setup

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