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I am doing fingerboard work on a 1831 Panormo. It is in rough shape. Is there a consensus on the type of arch he used - or even flat?

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Comment by Scot Tremblay on February 1, 2013 at 1:19

The last Panormo I worked on was from 1835. The fingerboard had a uniform 20' camber/arch from the nut to end of fingerboard at the soundhole. This seems to be fairly consistant with the half dozen or so others I've looked at or worked on.

Comment by Michael. N. on January 31, 2013 at 21:32

Those that I have seen are cambered but it's fairly gentle. I can't give you a specific radius but it's greater than a typical steel string. The ones that I do are around 25".

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