one piece vs two piece top for violin

Edited: August 19, 2019, 7:56 AM · hi guys, i noticed two piece back violins are fairly common and doesn't bring any advantages to either in tonal differences,

but what about a two piece top, i have recently came across a fantastic, easy to play and sounds very open violin with two piece top, and i have always thought the top of the violin is always one piece, what are the distinctive difference between a 1 piece or two piece top.

are they more common than i originally thought? only recently i noticed some very high end violins made by local luthiers also have a 2 piece top with either 1 or 2 piece back.

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Edited: August 19, 2019, 7:59 AM · One-piece tops are less common than one-piece backs. The glue joint is just much harder to see on spruce, so it might look like a single piece when it isn't really. I have never made a one-piece top instrument... but as long as the wood is cut properly, there shouldn't be any difference in performance.
August 19, 2019, 8:05 AM · The only one piece tops I've ever seen were made of plywood.
August 19, 2019, 8:10 AM · thanks don and nuuska, i guess i'm just too much of a noob to noticed it haha.
August 19, 2019, 8:10 AM · One piece tops are rather uncommon, two piece is standard.
August 19, 2019, 8:15 AM · thanks lyndon! ur opinion is always appreciated.
August 19, 2019, 8:21 AM · 3 piece top is even more rare, but it happens when the times are tough and the maker does not want to discard a small piece of wood.
Edited: August 19, 2019, 10:24 AM · My Johannes Cuypers had a one piece top.Really wide grain too...
August 19, 2019, 10:39 AM · my chinese student is also one piece top, thats why i didnt think more expensive violins could be 2 piece
August 19, 2019, 12:07 PM · Less common. Medio Finos generally have them. I see a Salzard that has one, and a wonderful Gagliano with a one piece top.

Less common, but not always an indicator of quality or lack of.

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