This is my modern take on the ‘cornerless’ violin. Characterized by simple, flowing lines and a clean, minimalist head. Although they’re unusual, they’re part of the tradition of the violin family and have probably existed since the violin was first created. Even Stradivari made a few cornerless instruments.
The archings, thickness and f-holes are based on Stradivari’s work. The outline of the violin is based on a full-cornered model by Guarneri del Gesu
Do cornerless violins sound as good? I build my cornerless with convex corner blocks on the inside of the ribs, to keep the mass at the corner positions the same. Some of the best violins I have made have been cornerless.
The back of this model measures 356mm and the string length is 328mm.
Niall Murphy playing his cornerless. Link to Niall Murphy.com