Re: That sinking feeling
Great photos, John and Martin! A lot of slop on the A + D'I top, is that from earlier brace-re-gluing attempts?
I love seeing that reinforcement plate above the soundhole. I have seen many a bowlback where this area has given way. CF Martin used this as well, but I haven't seen it on other US makers even the more 'Italianized' builders on the East Coast. I would be interested to note if that detail did turn up on some of the higher-end Vegas. This and the center-seam strip seem fairly low-cost ways of adding considerable durability and longevity to an instrument.
There sure appears to be a lot of dish in the Vinaccia top, Martin. That is a really telling view.
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