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I just noticed this evening that none other than the esteemed Stradivari himself made corner-less soprano violas!  Wouldn't mind one of those on my wall as a conversation piece!   See Sacconi's "Secrets" book, page 225 for pictures of his corner-less molds, and 226 for a picture of an instrument that was later modified to include corners.  And yes, that example on page 226 originally had 6 strings when Strad made it, like the one BF pictured above.  Not sure about frets...  

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6 hours ago, violinsRus said:

I just noticed this evening that none other than the esteemed Stradivari himself made corner-less soprano violas!  Wouldn't mind one of those on my wall as a conversation piece!   See Sacconi's "Secrets" book, page 225 for pictures of his corner-less molds, and 226 for a picture of an instrument that was later modified to include corners.  And yes, that example on page 226 originally had 6 strings when Strad made it, like the one BF pictured above.  Not sure about frets...  

Maybe you are referring to the Braga or Chanot Chardon, which was discussed here as an altered former viola d'amore? It started life as a different instrument and was cut down to a violin later.

Don't know if it's the same, but it appears to be:

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/b4/ca/523781b0c8a02f3eb21fc110.L.jpg

 

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In Henley and Sacconi and in reality Tony (no mates) Stradivari made a few of these things. I've got one. He made guitars as well. Georges (Manchester) Chanot made a few.

Joshua (Mother's little angel) Bell likes his.

The Viola Da Gamba is not cornerless.

Tony made them too. Pochettes where made by Amati (Scrooge). Everyone was small in middle ages, mainly so the pochette was a nice little cutie like a Martin mini guitar. That guitar shaped violin looks Chinese to me.

Soundpost cracks on the table with crap wood like that are not viable at all to patch as the varnish is laquer and the wood is not good.

 

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