W.C. Posted November 21, 2020 Report Share Posted November 21, 2020 Recently when researching into different styles of violin corners, I have noticed a very typical wear pattern on many old violin corners, as shown in this picture: One can observe that the very tip of the corner is worn-off, and even making the purfling "curve" inwards toward the ribs. In some cases, if view from the side, would be something like this following picture, where the tip, or the "beesting" of the purfling joint can be seen looking from the side view (sorry for the quality of the photos, as I do not own any violins with such worn corners. These are sourced from the internet). It is actually quite hard to phrase my question... I am wondering, if any of these "curved purfling" traits (where the purfling extend all the way to the end of the corner to an extent that it is almost visible from the side) comes from a particular style of making? German? Or they are mostly likely just wear, and wouldn't be like this when they were new? Or an alternative question, do certain corner designs tend to wear off faster than the others (German vs Italian for example)? CLARIFICATION: I know for sure that the corner in the first of this post is worn-off, but I am just referring to similar pattern in all my questions. Do not limit your answers to my photos And on top of that, how well does "careful preservation" protect against corner wear? i.e. I have seen strads that have almost new corners (extreme example, Lady Blunt, or the Messiah if you would), but also some with very worn-off corners (i.e. Titan). Do they wear off that dramatically without proper care? Because of the old cases? Waiting to be educated! Thank you very much! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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