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7 hours ago, Don Noon said:

Going by torrefied wood as being the limit of the change, I'd say no more than 0.05 mm, or slightly over 1%.  

Using the same criteria, the width would shrink too, by about half the rate, or about 1.5 mm for a fiddle that started out 207 mm wide.

Thanks, so thickness shrinkage is negligible, but width shrinkage is something you have to consider when you try to copy old violins.

 

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1 hour ago, chungviolins said:

Thanks, so thickness shrinkage is negligible, but width shrinkage is something you have to consider when you try to copy old violins.

I only am giving my guess about what the upper limit of shrinkage might be; it could be a lot less.  Unless there are precise records over time on the measurements, I don't know how you'd ever tell.  Perhaps old form dimensions might give a clue, if you could ever be sure which exact form was used on a particular instrument.

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