Joseph Liu Posted January 27, 2011 Report Share Posted January 27, 2011 I have been doing a lot of research on different maple species in the past year. One of the most intriguing is acero nostrano/acero oppio/Acer campestre/field maple/feld maple/hedge maple. It is the material other than plain tree maple/Acer pseudoplatanus that early violin makers used. There was a talk given by an Ohio State University professor on this maple at the 2002 VSA convention and recorded in a VSA Journal. I do not have the journal at the moment. He talked about the tree being used in the wine making industry in Italy and also about the soil condition at Po river valley where many of the early Cremonese instruments' backs probably came from. After searching all over the place for information about this tree, it seems like it is grown everywhere in Europe and used mostly for firewood. Most of the trees are not very big. Probably only big enough for two piece violin backs or one piece violin slab backs. I still don't have any wood samples because most of the tonewood suppliers don't carry it. I wonder why. I thought a lot of violin makers would be interested in it if it was offered. Here are three web pages that you guys might find interesting. Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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