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Feb 28, 2020 - 8:59:48 AM
59 posts since 1/1/2013

I was out looking for new strings and tried out a few used violins at the store.
One had an especially thin neck, narrow width but also thin from top to bottom.
An old Medio Fino JTL. Full 4/4 size. At the nut 22mm wide and only 15 mm deep top of fingerboard to bottom of neck.
I found that the thin neck works so much better for my smaller hands and thickening fingers. I can set the neck touching the side of the hand pad below the third index finger pad where it sits on a normal size neck and allows much greater and easier movement of my fingers over to the G string.
I can actually roll my fingers up on tip now if I want without cringing strain.

Are thinner necks a common thing? Is that something only available custom made in a new instrument?
Since this instrument is about 100 years old I assume it's strong enough or would have broken by now.

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:36:50 PM
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264 posts since 1/5/2009

Some trade fiddles from Germany do have thinner necks, but it is not the standard. Normally the standard size is accepted, only when someone wants a modification to reduce the width of the neck will a luthier do so. I also agree that they are easy to play and give a better range of movement. The only problem with thinner necks is that they tend to warp and bow more often.

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:09:24 PM
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DougD

USA

9463 posts since 12/2/2007

I have 5 fiddles from various sources. I'd say two have slightly smaller necks, one is a little bigger, and two are about average for my little sample.
If you've found something that suits you, why not buy it, if you can afford it?

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:12:02 PM

KnarfEK

USA

59 posts since 1/1/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Fiddlemaker5224

problem with thinner necks is that they tend to warp and bow more often.


I'd probably be concerned about that with a new instrument. I figure the age of this one has shown it's not prone to that.

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:15:38 PM
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KnarfEK

USA

59 posts since 1/1/2013

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

If you've found something that suits you, why not buy it, if you can afford it?


I forgot to mention...I brought it HOME!
Loving it. Definitely shows its age but no cracks or flaws, just normal minor bumps around the edges and such.

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:41:27 PM
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DougD

USA

9463 posts since 12/2/2007

Excellent! Problem solved.

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:24:55 PM
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1810 posts since 10/22/2007

I have a Harwood with a one piece back that has a thin neck. I thought it was very comfortable. But i could never play Sally Goodin with the pinky drone, because i couldn't get it cleanly. It's all about the size of one's finger(tips). If it works for you, great! Good for you!

Feb 29, 2020 - 4:14:34 AM

kjb

USA

701 posts since 6/8/2013

some makers are using carbon rods in the neck, so they could be thinner if you wanted to suit your hands, I have two five strings that I am currently playing one is standard width one is wider, but the thickness is about the same. I cant say for sure which one I like better, I have fairly large hands.

Feb 29, 2020 - 4:01:49 PM

825 posts since 8/11/2009

I've had 3 JTL instruments, they've all had smaller necks, maybe it's a manufacturer thing.

Mar 5, 2020 - 5:49:21 AM
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KnarfEK

USA

59 posts since 1/1/2013

quote:
Originally posted by bandsmcnamar

I've had 3 JTL instruments, they've all had smaller necks, maybe it's a manufacturer thing.


There was another JTL at the shop that also had a thinner neck than the other instruments there though not as thin as the one I bought.

Mar 5, 2020 - 5:53:29 AM

KnarfEK

USA

59 posts since 1/1/2013

quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones

I have a Harwood with a one piece back that has a thin neck. I thought it was very comfortable. But i could never play Sally Goodin with the pinky drone, because i couldn't get it cleanly. It's all about the size of one's finger(tips). If it works for you, great! Good for you!


I tried TamLin at the store (though I don't play it well yet) and was able to get the opening crossings much cleaner than on my other instrument by rolling my fingers onto the tips with knuckles past the G-edge of the board a bit.

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