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Catalog Number KSa031411
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1852/10/13
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Oct 13th 1852
Dear Sir
I have completed the second hollow body violin and it is in some respects superior to the first. Singularly however the first note (D on the 4 line) of the first is the poorest on the second. The bass of the last is for freer than the first. I am anxious that you should hear it - The sound holes are the regular ff, I think a violin constructed on your principle should leave the top more arched than the back. It makes the instrument stronger and gives a better violin tone. The experiment that I mention to you of the thickness of the top is a good one I am satisfied. The bass bar

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I think should not be more than an 8 and 1/16 on an inch in thickness, or have the thickness of the top of the place where the bass bar is glued on. My Cremona is nearly finished the top on the same principle.
Yours truly
J. Whitehorne
P.S. As soon as I get through the pressure of business I shall surely make a violin on your model. Simply saying that the parallelism of the top and bottom. I think unfavorable to fine tone and it makes a weaker instrument, but if so. I will

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make it after your plan simply fashioned the top to correspond with your diagram and the thinner sound box
Yours truly
J. W.