lversola Posted May 9, 2005 Report Share Posted May 9, 2005 Prompted by the "Alternative Bow Woods" discussion, I was wondering about alternative woods for violin bodies. I know that over the years, other materials such as carbon fiber, plastic, and even metal have been used to make bodies for stringed instruments. And we all know that today's manufacturers are offering fittings carved from all sorts of different woods. But apart from a few carbon fiber instruments, there doesn't seem to be any innovation going on with regards to the materials of the instruments themselves. What are the specific properties of say, maple, that make it the most ideal wood for making the back of a violin? If, for example, the hardness of maple is a factor, aren't there are other woods such as persimmon or ironwood that are even harder and might sound better, or be just as attractive as maple? Has any noted maker made a great (or even just good) sounding violin made from woods other than the traditional pine and maple? Are there any modern makers currently experimenting with other woods? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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