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Thoughts on using wood cut from multiple different slabs for ribs

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Recommendable if you use some wild Storioni model. However I would not take the ribs from more than two logs pretending that one log was just not enough. 

On the other hand, I have many rib leftovers in my shop where I am planning to make a Harlekin fiddle. So I would make the top from two different pieces (not so visible as we know from Del Gesu) and the back as well. 

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You could wind up with a harlequin. :huh:

You may want to use one wood for the upper bouts, the second for the c-bouts, and the third for the lower bouts. Try to use one long piece for the lower bout, and I think it just might look OK. ^_^

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Lots of old violins have mismatched ribs, so I don't think it is huge issue, providing the flames looks somewhat similar. I would consider that the upper and lower ribs have a greater visual impact than the C ribs.

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I have one like that. I call it the Frankenfiddle, since every part is a different wood. It sounds like it looks: Haphazard patchwork. I am sure it was made by a luthier’s four year old som playing on the floor in daddy’s workshop,

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