Browsing examples of these instruments and various offerings of luthiers around the globe I've noticed many examples that do not have binding on the joint of the soundboard and the sides and/or the back and sides. Is this per historical evidence or just to save time or due to something else?
Of course, I've also seen many (probably the majority) of examples that do have binding - it's just that there were enough distinct examples without that it made me curious as to why.
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