While looking for my
callipers which I hadn't used for some time, I came across an old sliding
hinge latch? (don't know the proper name) which I cut into two sections and
filed the ends smooth, drilled holes for the joining bolt, gave them a
slight bend and hey presto, the job was done.
They're low tech but capable of giving an accurate measurement of the total
body thickness, which for a wooden violin should be at or close to 64mm.
For a metal body the total thickness is reduced by the difference in
thickness between the wooden and metal plates, a difference of approx. 5mm
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on 15 April 2004