I felt urged to re-post my response on my blog as well, specially because I had published my opinion some time ago in a video which I incidentally deleted from my youtube channel.
Here it goes:
"Thanks, Amin, I know the video and this kind of videos make me sad or even angry sometimes. You know well, Amin, that the difference is not in those few millimeters here and there. Let me ask, who would ever bother about baroque violin and the early music as a whole if the whole thing was about millimeters, necks, keys etc? The true and really huge but unmeasurable difference is
in the heart/head of the performer/maker. A modern player will never be able to play in baroque style even on the best baroque violin without the proper education and experience. A modern violin-maker will never be able to make a fine baroque violin if all he knows is the difference in millimeters but knows nothing about Baroque, history of the violin, music styles, playing techniques etc. It takes a little more to become a good baroque player - not just owning the baroque violin. Equally, it takes a little more to become a good baroque-violin-maker, don't you agree?
May your creative spirit thrive! Wishing you all a brilliant year. Dmitry B."