So I just modified the design a little, and welded new outer supports in. Now it will also be stronger, and certainly welding is a lot stronger than brazing which is how Bergerault make their instruments. Welding is fusing two like metals together, so essentially it becomes one piece, whereas brazing uses a different metal to join the two elements, like glueing them together.
It’s both satisfying and dissatisfying to see it all finished. On the one hand it is good to see a finished instrument, especially when the job has been so involved. On the other hand it looks just the same as it did when it came in, which is the point, but still I can’t really see any evidence of all the work I have done.