Much has been written about the baroque violin, yet many misconceptions remain most notably that up to around 1750 their necks were universally shorter and not angled back as they are today, that the string angle over the bridge was considerably flatter, and that strings were narrower gauge and under lower tension...
"Some Misconceptions about the Baroque Violin,"
Performance Practice Review:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/ppr/vol14/iss1/6