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  1. I have noticed that Strads have a longer flat region than DG. This is a broad stroke generalization and prone to exception. This makes me consider if a longer flat region makes the arch higher in the bouts and therefore stronger or is a more curved long arch stronger than a flat one. Another consideration is when the end grain comes into play at the ends of the arch. Sooner by a more curved long arch and later by a longer flattish region.

  2. On 12/20/2021 at 9:42 AM, PhilipKT said:

    Well that worked for Pollock

    Be careful of your quips. ;)


    Charles Pollock, Jack (Jackson Pollock), 1930, pencil and brush and ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum,Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution,

  3. 7 hours ago, matesic said:

    Pardon my ignorance, but the only time I tried this the spectrum was substantially affected by how far my bow was from the bridge. I think it was mainly the 3rd harmonic that increased as the distance decreased which would surely affect the 1100Hz region.

    This is a good point. Sounding point or the lane that the bow is tracking relative to the bridge and fingerboard is critical in sound production. The extremes of this are ponticello (loud and bright near bridge) and flautando (soft and dark over the fingerboard) To best eliminate variables, it is wise to be mindful of the sounding point, bow speed and vertical force (weight). Especially when playing the same instrument for comparison. Experienced players are always manipulating these variables to produce the desired sound.

  4. 7 hours ago, Anders Buen said:

    I think Heifetz played gut strings. I wonder if he also was one of the last solo violinists playing a gut E-string. His playing style was intense.


    Heifetz played on unwound gut D and A. He used a steel E and metal wound on gut G.

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