May 10, 2011 at 11:11 PM
*Correct means within industry standard, or is optimal for the instrument. Here is a table of the average measurements of the violin.
I'm going through my 5th round of violin hunting in less than two years as an adult violin student, and the above is a checklist that I came up with. It was posted in a discussion, but I think it might be useful for people who will soon shop for a violin and don't know what to look out for, so I'm re-posting it as a blog entry.
Hmm... a few of these points have more to do with the set-up than the instrument itself, they're easily corrected. Even fittings, they're changeable. And fingerboards need to be planed every now & then, as long as there's enough thickness left, that's easily taken care of too. If I came across an instrument whose sound I loved, I'd probably look past several of these issues.... but I might use them as negotiating points for the price. Good luck with your hunt & keep us posted with your progress.
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