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It's hard to imagine a violin/viola player having a problem with the shoulder of the instrument, even with the worst posture imaginable. The arm, in particular, just doesn't touch the instrument. The smaller size of the instrument means that even the highest note on the fingerboard can be reached by just reaching the hand across. I don't have my own video of ...


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Aside from electric instruments like @Aaron mentioned, this is not unheard of but extremely rare. I have seen a few upright basses over the years in bass shops with a cutout in the upper bout like this or even more pronounced. I even found a pic of a viola with a similar feature: I have never seen this on an acoustic cello or violin but I would not be ...


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As far as double basses are concerned, it's not uncommon to see a body with something like this: Just a normal double bass body, with a left shoulder cutaway (if it is really called like that). They are used to help the player on the higher positions. One company (that comes to mind) that makes such basses is Framus : I understand why you ask such a ...


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The "electric family" of string instruments are often designed without any shoulders. The below photos come from Wikipedia's entries for electric cello and electric upright bass, and an internet search will show you lots of other designs -- much in the way that electric guitars can be shaped in myriad ways. For acoustic instruments, one consequence ...


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