Report terms for violin tones in Early Posts - 1996 - 1999 Posted December 20, 1999 When one says the violin sounds dark, bright, mellow (or has mellowed out), has edge, flat, etc., what generally does that mean? I'd like to know this too! Of course, any judgement about tone colors is probably highly subjective, but I have to suppose that acoustical physics gets in there somehow too. For example (and I don't know the language of acoustics, so this may be laughable) a 'dark' tone might be the result of more energy going into lower-frequency overtones, and 'edge' might imply a regular discontinuity in their production. Stefan?