Advocatus Diaboli

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  1. Marty, how do you feel like the player/bow play into this? In my experience, the theoretical 2db scenario will make a violin that's quite loud under the ear and responds very well to light bowing, but bottoms out easily. Medium or lower RR wood ends up making an instrument that takes a heavier bow arm and ends up sounding louder. Does that line up with the math at all?
  2. I know this goes against most of the other posts, but keep the middle a little thinner than the rest. A heavy, flexible bass bar won’t hurt either.
  3. I always find this part of the process very, well, grounding.
  4. Nick, I think you might be talking about this. It’s something you see in Cremonese, as well as some other old instruments. If you use sharkskin during finishing it’ll round the edges for you. If you’d rather not mess with that, you can use either horsetail reed or micromesh to soften the edges.
  5. I've split the B1- several times and it seems to only do good things! I've noticed that the best sounding instruments I've measured, both old and new, have a visible A1 peak. Sorry Peter, this was semi-intentional. Try it sometime. If you have the mastery you say you do, it should be a problem.
  6. I just stuck my latest violin in the impact rig and it seems as though both B1 modes have split peaks. I have my guesses, but I thought I'd put it out there and see what folks have to say. I'll be doing modal analysis in the next day or two which should resolve it.
  7. I've never tried it with rabbit poop, but I believe @finnfinnviolin has with good results.
  8. The easiest answer is, Guarneri neck and inset lengths are all over the place.
  9. I'd say so! Now maybe I could put a violin in my backpack for a few years...