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Upper Linings


Applying the linings is more finicky work. In addition to the pieces being small, their length must be very accurate, and the glue mustn't get on any exterior surfaces. I started by cutting a notch in the corners of each block to act as mortises. Then I soaked in warm water the lining material I had prepared last year. Next I cut each lining piece to length and glued it in place. Clothes pins, applied as densely as possible, hold the lining material to the ribs. I cleaned my fingers after each one.

Once that was all done for 12 lining pieces, I glued the raw bass bar onto the belly of the left-handed instrument. Yes, I remembered to put it in the correct (right) position!