Don Noon Posted April 4, 2022 Report Share Posted April 4, 2022 3 hours ago, Michael_Molnar said: Another question is why are the highs restored? I have no proof, but I think it relates the the transient damping change caused by a change in static load (and I would classify re-arching as a change of internal wood stress). Somewhat like resetting the instrument to "new" status, slightly. Re: back distortion, I think it is much more difficult to judge if a convex arch has become 2mm more convex, vs. a top that has gone from 1mm convex to 1mm concave. Figured maple is certainly more prone to distortion compared to straight-grain spruce, but backs are also normally much thicker than tops (if you ignore the bass bar). To me, this Strad looks extremely bulged out in the soundpost area. And probably wasn't re-arched, as it isn't as obvious as the top and doesn't directly mess with the setup. But since we can't tell what the original back arch was, it can only be a guess. (But this bulge is much more pronounced on the side with the soundpost, and not on the bass bar side) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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