ispirati Posted January 21, 2005 Report Share Posted January 21, 2005 Quote: I think the key is that when you play a Strad each sounds different. What's this hang-up with consistency? I don't worry about that, and the idea of doing so confuses me. Strads sound good, in my opinion, because he was the ultimately artistic maker, and the ones that sound right have incredibly beautiful archs, as do the great del Gesus. They sound different because the arches are slightly different, but beautiful, and not the same. The problem is that in this day people think you must be able to quantify and describe everything, including beauty--give it a size and a number. Put that against the Octet instruments--a group of instruments with hideous archings, all different, all bad. That's why the whole thrust of tuning fills me with distain--it's based on the idea that a person with no taste and no art can make a beautiful sounding instrument by skipping directly to a set of numbers. As far as I'm concerned, this pursuit of quantification is for people who have nothing else to draw on and no real concept of beauty, and who are looking for a shortcut. There are no shortcuts to being Stradivari. So what do I do? I try to make each instrument more beautiful than the last, and sometimes it works. If you are looking to become the next Rembrandt by using the paint-by-numbers plan, it ain't gonna work. Michael... Nicely put.. I am also a believer of beautiful violin will sound beautiful. But I am also very confused by your statements. The question here is how to make the "graduation" beautiful, not archings and shapes. You seem to suggest that there is no systematic way employeed by the old masters to produce their graduations. In your past posting of "Tonal Quality and Arching/Graduation" and "To regraduate or not" , and you suggested that we should simply follow the numbers on the poster. Then, in the thread of "Who can make violin sound like/close to Strad", you seems to imply the fact that you graduate by mass and mass distribution. I recall in the pass postings you said that you made sure your top is near something like 65g, the back is something like 100g, and you employ some creative method to match the thickness and the mass to the original. And now that it does not work for elderthomas, you are saying these graduation-by-number ain't gonna work. Can you explain? Did I misunderstood something? Sorry to put you on the spot like this. But I am very confused. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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