Trade Secrets: Neck shaping

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A quick and accurate method for this crucial part of the making process

The shape of the neck is of the utmost importance to any player. For violin makers the process of neck shaping takes time, and involves measuring and checking regularly for the right curvature and thickness. In this article I explain my own method of neck shaping. It is very quick and accurate because it decreases the amount of insecurity during the process: you know when you’ve removed enough material to continue to the next stages…


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