Gamba Family Violin family Restorings Atelier


The absence of the top corner block seems to be a common feature in viol construction; with this method there is no neck block per se, just an extension of the neck inside the instrument, to fix back, shoulders and soundboard together.
It is easy to see also components of the violin family constructed with a similar neck.
In the photos a violin made in Austria in 1774: two spruce wedges fasten the neck to the ribs.
We can see two different styles of setting the neck.

Setting the neck without wedges

Setting the neck with wedges