Mixed rib mitres


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I have a mystery violin that puzzles me as to the construction method used.

The C-bout mitres are mixed. The bottom C-bout rib corner  mitre is internal, inside the C-bout, just like inside mold construction. But the top C-bout rib mitre is on the outside of the rib corner facing the top of the violin.

I have scratched my head trying to work out what construction method would end up looking like this. Any ideas please ?

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I recently saw a 20th century großstadtgeige with the top off - the lower ribs were mitred like an inside mold, while the upper ribs were feathered. I took this to be an outer mold construction. Have you seen yours with the top off?

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