Hi all - I'm hoping somebody with some experience and a good eye can tell me a little bit more about my violin. This is the instrument that I learned on and I still play occasionally (my primary instrument is now viola). What makes this violin unusual, as far as I can tell, is that it is quite "narrow" compared to a standard 4/4 instrument. Here are some measurements:
Body length: 356mm
Upper bout width: 155mm
Center bout width: 106mm
Lower bout width: 195mm
Neck/fingerboard width at nut: 22mm
Rib height: 30mm (tailpiece), 28mm (neck)
Arching on back is about 13mm, I did not measure carefully. Front is slightly less. Plate overhang is small, and uneven (between maybe 1.75mm and .5mm)
So based on the measurements the width seems to be much closer to a 3/4 instrument, but the length is clearly a 4/4.
Any ideas on maker/style/age (I know it is at least 60 years old, and general location where it was purchased around 60 years ago, but no more than that) would be appreciated. No label. Has full linings (look like spruce to me) and corner blocks (linings do NOT appear to be mortised into the blocks). It came with an unexceptional 3/4 size bow stamped "JOSEF RICHTER", but I don't know any history about the bow either.
More pictures here:
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