Here's a question for the experienced builders out there. What is the relationship between arching and the tonal characteristics of an instrument? For example if the overall height of the arch on two mandolins is the same yet the sweep up to top of the arch is different. Naturally this would also mean differences in the recurved area on the hypothetical instruments. Right now I'm thinking mostly about the effect on top plates, but back plates play a significant role too. I'm hoping you all will weigh in on your experiences, preferences and impressions.
Inquiring minds want to know.