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i don't know why so many people do this, but i think recording in a

hall distorts the true nature of the instrument. i would like to

hear an instrument in a 'dry' room like a recording studio. also,

use different players. how will this viola sound with someone who's

NOT trying to vibrate the neck off and play at full volume? this

will reveal how many levels of texture it can produce. this

recording only tells me that this viola can only produce one color,

not many.

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 Sounds great Manfio, How does the player describe the  "

feel" of the instrument. Can he sink in to the

strings,does it feel like he's skating over the strings with the

bow as will most fresh instruments,etc. I'm always interested in

that particular language that players/makers seem to try to invent

each time they get together. I'm fascinated by the fact that the

sound of a great instrument is also related to the feel of that

instrument under the bow.

Oh, and also, you asked for some pics a while back, I got two big

fuzzy ones in the " just trying to attach" thread [i'm still

learning this computer stuff]

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Linarol writes

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'i don't know why so many people do this, but i think recording in

a hall distorts the true nature of the instrument. i would like to

hear an instrument in a 'dry' room like a recording studio. also,

use different players. how will this viola sound with someone who's

NOT trying to vibrate the neck off and play at full volume? this

will reveal how many levels of texture it can produce. this

recording only tells me that this viola can only produce one color,

not many.'

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Sounds and looks great!

There may be some criticism of the recording type but that does not

matter to me. Knowing Manfio a bit and knowing he has a great

player to play I do not think either would be interested in funning

around like this on an unexceptional viola. It should be remembered

that Manfio's profession is Lawyer not violin maker. It is fun and

privilege that he has time to share his hobby with us....My only

criticism of Manfio is that he spends too much time doing law!

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linarol

I don't know why so many people do this, but i think recording in a

hall distorts the true nature of the instrument. i would like to

hear an instrument in a 'dry' room like a recording studio. also,

use different players. how will this viola sound with someone who's

NOT trying to vibrate the neck off and play at full volume? this

will reveal how many levels of texture it can produce. this

recording only tells me that this viola can only produce one color,

not many.

Yes, Luis, I must say that was my thought too,

without reads linaro's comment first.

In a dryer acoustic maybe the microphone a little closer?

AND I was unaware of your "double-life".

Thanks for telling us that, Melvin.

If I can dig out my Glinka Sonata music

I might try to put up a recording for comparison's sake.

Omo.

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Thank you all!

Yes, the microphone was too away from the player and we had not the best room to make it ... recording is not an easy thing... I hope I'll have some professional recording soon...

In the day the recording was made I had 4 of my violas and 3 pro players: Wallas Pena, Andrès Lepage and Peter Pass. We've made some tests on the concert room with the four violas... the differences we heard under the ear disapeared almost entirely when the instruments was heard in the back of the room... but it's funny that in the recordings (made in another room) the differences we heard under the ear (mainly related to brighter/darker sound appeared again...

Darren, there is no problem with the sound, Wallas has a big sound (give a look on the prize list on the last Lionel Tertis Competition and his name will be there) and he loved this viola, as well as 2 other pros in our local orchestra who played it, no problems due to the fact that it's a new instrument at all.

Yes, I have a double life... I'm a Pokemón lawyer, I evolute to a violin maker as the day passes... but I've started making instruments when I was 13 years old. Thank you!

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Hey Manfio, I wasn't implying that there

was a problem with the sound at all. I quite like it. I was asking

how the player describes the "feel" of this particular viola. I'm

interested in that peculiar language between maker and player.

I was not being critical of your instrument,I think its

great.

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Hi! I count with the help of some obssessive/compulisve pros here to make the set up, as well as to have their opinions on the small modifications I make in every new instrument... Well, they say the response to the bow is quite quick, and the volume is quite good, with a wide dynamic range, that is essential in a good instrument, and that is quite difficult to get in violas, particularly on the C and G strings, top players are quite concerned with what happens on the basses.

They described the sound of this one as dark, darker than in my previous violas of the same model, and I was looking for that.

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Originally posted by:
linarol

i don't know why so many people do this, but i think recording in a

hall distorts the true nature of the instrument. i would like to

hear an instrument in a 'dry' room like a recording studio. also,

use different players. how will this viola sound with someone who's

NOT trying to vibrate the neck off and play at full volume? this

will reveal how many levels of texture it can produce. this

recording only tells me that this viola can only produce one color,

not many.

Though the recording is a bit on the "live" side, I don't agree with an acoustically dead room being a good venue for listening to tone quality. Half of these instruments is the venue in which they are played. If you ask me to perform in an an acoustically dead room, you are removing the ideal setting for concert instruments.

Manfio,

It sounds absolutely beautiful. Rich, powerful and dark. I'd love to hear a fiddle!

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