4/13/12

Heel Graft and Neck Reset

The neck of this fiddle had been cracked loose and needed to be reset. To get the right amount of overstand* along with the right projection, I needed to add a little heel lift. I also needed to add some material to the ribs that had been lost when the neck was snapped off. Once this is stained and varnished it will be nearly invisible.

* Overstand is the distance from the top of the instrument to the flat surface of the neck. This small step gives the projection a little head start so that the angle of the neck need not be too extreme. Without this the end of the fingerboard could end up touching the arching on more voluptuous instruments. The angle of the neck would also have to be very sharp to accommodate a bridge of the correct height. Playing would be cumbersome at best, never mind fitting it in a case. The added stress on the neck and instrument would seriously compromise the strength of fiddle as a whole. a.k.a catastrophic implosion!

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