Trade Secrets: Carving the neck on a viola da gamba

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One of the last jobs to be tackled in the process of making the Baroque instrument

The first and most sustained contact a player has with a bowed stringed instrument is through the neck. It is true to say that the ergonomics of the neck play a major part in comfort and playability and, arguably, the decision to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ an instrument can be subconsciously made from this first contact…

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