There seems to be a wide range of theories about optimal tuning of the plates in violin making - some based on tradition, some on modern research.
For someone just becoming interested in the idea of making a violin, it's a fascinating but confusing field.
The luthiers I know mainly seem to use intuition and experience.
But are there more explicit techniques that can more reliably control the playing qualities of the instrument? What plate tuning techniques do makers find are practically useful in the workshop?
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