one piece vs two piece top for violin
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.
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.
The only one piece tops I've ever seen were made of plywood.
thanks don and nuuska, i guess i'm just too much of a noob to noticed it haha.
One piece tops are rather uncommon, two piece is standard.
thanks lyndon! ur opinion is always appreciated.
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.
My Johannes Cuypers had a one piece top.Really wide grain too...
my chinese student is also one piece top, thats why i didnt think more expensive violins could be 2 piece
Less common. Medio Finos generally have them. I see a Salzard that has one, and a wonderful Gagliano with a one piece top.
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