Installing a Bassbar
By Joseph Curtin, The Strad, November 2005
One evening in 1985 at the bar of the Hotel Post in Mittenwald, I met a young German structural engineer. Thinking he might help me better understand the violin bassbar, I unfolded a napkin and drew a line representing a perfectly flat violin top, viewed from the side. ‘Let’s say I wanted to design a beam to support a load here . . .’ I drew a downward-pointing arrow in place of the bridge.