Hello there. This is like my second post so go easy!
I was thinking today, about Stradivari violins and such, and the period that they were made in, which happens to be the BAROQUE period. (~1590-1725).
Stradivari happened to live right within that period, and made violins within that period obviously. So naturally wouldn't ALL of his instruments have been BAROQUE-STYLE instruments?(Violins, violas, cellos, etc...) So if that were the case, wouldn't most surviving instruments simply be more or less frankensteins with a lot of the original instrument replaced? Baroque violins and violas had shallow neck angles, short fingerboards, diminuative bass bars, skinny sound posts, and from what I've heard the ribs were shallower than contemporary instruments. Now I would assume that the table and back would be original, and they are one of the biggest contributors to the sound.
I believe that there is a misconception of Stradivari making these instruments as they appear today, and not as they originally appeared, with no acknowledgement to the advancements of other makers along the way. So really Stradivari instruments were almost transitional in form and construction.
TLDR:I believe Stradivari's today are mash-up instruments that are half old-half modern, with no acknowledgenent of the modern modifications done over the years.
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