You Know Your Fingerboard is Too Wide When ...
This is a hopeless question really, since things are so standardized. Still, I'll take the shot in the dark just in case any experienced players or makers out there have run into a metric on this issue.
When you use it as an excuse for your technical problems and complain online, seeking reasons to finance violin maintenance to present to your guardians. kidding obviously
When your violin is mistaken for a fretless guitar.
Lord Lucan pops his head up over your g string....
..when as a violist you try a violin?
I'm sorry for this.
There are several ways a fingerboard can seem too wide.
Mike - it's all good. AND thank you for bumping the thread, leading to Andrew's response.
Andres I added a bit to my entry. All fingers, wrist, arm, shoulder and neck can all be affected depending on what is causing the problem. It's really only in the lower positions that this is an issue. The physical condition of the player is also a factor and one that can also affect playing on the lower strings in high positions.
If it takes you more than 5 minutes to walk from one side to the other, that's a pretty good sign.