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Both upper and lower blocks are similar... thin and wide.  My guess is that the idea is to get a larger vibrating soundboard area with a smoother shape.

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You can wave arms about whether it's strong enough structurally or if the sound would be better or not.  I can't say anything with much certainty, as you just have to try it and see.  My armwaving is that the sound won't be significantly better or worse (depends a lot on how you graduate the plates at the blocks), and it will probably be structurally stable at least for a while, if the glue joints stay solid.  Longer term, you just have to see what happens... but it does seem less robust than using a larger block.

 

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It would be important to know if he uses a mortised neck or if he nails or screws it on, which would make more sense to me with such a thin top block. But he does not show this crucial detail (and many others), perhaps he intentionally wants to arouse curiosity to feed the discussion to get advertised...:lol:

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51 minutes ago, dpappas said:

Davide do modern makers do much with nails/screws unless they are replicating baroque approaches?    I am legitimately curious because the mortise has been standard for so long.   

Not that I've seen.  And most, if not all, folks imitating early neck attachments use screws ( stainless steel please!) as it is more secure if done well and offers more flexibility during making or later alteration.

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1 hour ago, dpappas said:

Davide do modern makers do much with nails/screws unless they are replicating baroque approaches?    I am legitimately curious because the mortise has been standard for so long.   

Normally not, as far as I know most use the mortised neck. But who knows, there is always some eccentric personality who tries different things, such as this unknown maker:D https://josephcurtinstudios.com/instruments/ultralight/

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4 hours ago, Davide Sora said:

Normally not, as far as I know most use the mortised neck. But who knows, there is always some eccentric personality who tries different things, such as this unknown maker:D https://josephcurtinstudios.com/instruments/ultralight/

If threaded steel machine bolts and nuts had been available 500 years ago the violin's neck attachment might have been quite different and Curtin's design would now be traditional.

 

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55 minutes ago, Marty Kasprzyk said:

If threaded steel machine bolts and nuts had been available 500 years ago the violin's neck attachment might have been quite different and Curtin's design would now be traditional.

 

Indeed a very clever solution.

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