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The New Violin Family

The New Violin Family

by Alan Carruth

previously published in American Lutherie #86, 2006

See also,
Meet the Maker: Carleen Hutchins by Alan Carruth
The Catgut Acoustical Society and the New Violin Family Association by Robert J. Spear

These diagrams are intended to show the relative sizes of the octet instruments; dimensions shown are not definitive. Detailed full-scale plans are available from the New Violin Family Association. The neck of the small bass as shown here is longer than might be expected. This is to ease the transition between a standard bass viol and the octet small bass. Small basses have also been built successfully with necks that are more in scale with the instrument body. The largest five instruments are played on endpins.

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