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What makes a violin sound bright? My violins tend to consistently sound soft. They are loud. Richness of tone is good. Response is good. My measurements are not unique. String angle/neck set is good. Using European and American varieties of wood. Euro maple, Euro Spruce, Engleman, Big Leaf, Red Maple, Sitka. Back thickness 6mm- 2mm depending where. Belly thickness 3.2- 2.5 depending where. Ribs 32-30mm depending F hole 42mm from top eyes. Assume I am not making any blatant mistakes, which I am sure I am not. I am sure as can be this is not a set up issue. I have had several other luthiers examine my work. Yet I believe there is something I am doing in the construction which is making my violins sound soft. So... Exclude strings. Exclude bridge. Exclude sound post. Exclude tailpiece. Exclude tail gut. What makes a violin sound bright? If you were going to build an extremely bright screechy violin, what would you do?
By chance I happened to notice an interesting effect of the shoulder rest today when playing my #4 Guarneri copy. I noticed that the sound was strangely nasal ... l didn't like it. First I thought that this could be due to the room acoustic, this was in an old summer cottage where the acoustics was unfamiliar, cold the room dampen higher frequencies causing the nasal sound? I happened to notice that I had brought two shoulder rests with me, this was a shoulder rest I seldom use. When switching to the ordinary shoulder rest or playing without the shoulder rest the nasality disappeared. After some experimentation I noticed that I normally use the shoulder rest slightly diagonally over the bottom. The size of the other shoulder rest was different causing me to mount it perpendicular to the 'spine' of the violin across the lower bouts. This seemed to cause the nasality. When making the mounting more diagonal the sound brightened and the normal sound of the violin returned. Question: Is this a well known effect?