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What is the correct scale length? 

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There is no proper scale length, make it whatever feels comfortable.

I went for the lean over with one eye and go 'eeh, that looks alright' .

anything is possible.  somewhat depends on how/what you intend to play it.  I've built Dbows as short as 12 inch and as long as 30 inch scale lengths.  Heavier strings/darker sounds work better in longer scale lengths...think bass guitar.  Lighter strings/brighter sounds can handle very short scale lengths...think mandolin.  JMHO, hope it helps.

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