a question concerning the shape of a violin: how - why - did it evolve the way it did?
more to the point, how - why - did the violin get the pointy bits it presently has? the rebec from which it evolved is more almond shaped and the sound chamber of a medieval violin looks a bit like a fat ukulele with a classic, figure "8" shape. the shoulder-less, chanot design seems a logical step in the same direction but how - why - did we end up with points?
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