I just found an interesting old violin at an antiques store. It has no label, but is of fine wood, and has a very nice tone. Looks to be quite old, and has that "open" sound of a well-aged instrument.
It had no bridge, so I didn't try it at the time. I now realize that the proportions are all really odd. The body is 35.8 cm, yet the total length is only 23" due to a very short neck. Even stranger, the F-holes were cut extra-low on the plate, so the notches actually do line-up with the proper intonation point of the bridge. the (normal) fingerboard extends about 1/2" too far over the plate.
OK, so how do I even measure a neck? If I measure from the edge of the nut, to the top-edge of the body, my normal 4/4 violin is 132mm. this one is shy of 121 mm !
I can still play it, but fifth position takes a little getting used to, to put it mildly. Is this the small end of 4/4, or could the maker have actually used a 3/4 sized neck with a full sized fingerboard?
for you luthiers: I just happen to have a very nice, unfinished neck. (don't ask) I obtained it years ago along with some cello parts & nice wood, and never sold it. It would need the heel fitted and peg-holes cut, plus the fingeboard glued. If I were to consider having a luthier do this, what ballpark cost might I expect?
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