Trade Secrets: Removing the mould after gluing the linings

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A simple procedure that imitates the methods of the old Cremonese makers

One peculiarity of the ancient Cremonese method is that makers would glue the linings to the sides of both the top and the back before removing the mould. This can be deduced from the toolmarks found on the original Stradivari moulds preserved in Cremona’s Museo del Violino. Keeping the ribs on the mould guarantees their stiffness when it comes to finishing the outside with a scraper. It also ensures perfect correspondence with the tracing marks on the top and back when they are glued to the ribs once the mould is removed…

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