8 violin clips for tone evaluation


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I'm with everyone who liked #3.  It seemed the most responsive of the bunch.  Since #2 has already been declared not-the-firewood fiddle, then I'll guess it was the ultra-light top effort and guess #4 or #6 is firewood.  So, I'll vote #1 for the regraduated Pfretzschner.  With this many examples, it is indeed difficult to apply articulate distinctions, but in the case of someone trying to pick the one they like best, I have to say it wasn't that hard for me to come with #3. 

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Number 2 was strange, kinda far off feeling.  I can't tell any difference in sound quality at all in the beginning, only on the lower strings. I wouldn't bother with the higher notes.  What's the use?  7 seemed to be different from the rest to me.  More of something, or less of something, but different.  Not horrible like 2, but different.  4,5, 6 yeah, they're violins.    I and 3 were a bit different, but not as different as 7.  Not sure if different is better, but I like different.  But I don't like #2.

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Wonder what the difference in taste is between classical folk and fiddle folk?

I play and enjoy listening to both...but either way I don't like "twang"...

Fiddle season is officially here for me! But this summer I also need to get caught up on my technique. I lost a lot of playing time with my elbow needing a rest. .and still can't overdo it...tendons are still complaining.

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Well! Thank God SOMEONE liked number 2 too! :D

I feel better now!

(...but we need to talk about #7! ;) )

 

Nope, I can talk 5 because 4 with a better setup shows promise but I'll stick to 7. :) I tried to figure out which one(s) I'd like in a larger room where a lot of nastiness dissipates quickly, thin becomes ...thinner and too much G string starts to sound phony - not classy. :)  This did come out wrong somehow... These sort of tests are pretty challenging - great fun. 

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Here's another little challenge...

This is a recording by a different player, different location, different recording equipment (VMAAI 2014 competition).  It was the silver medal tone winner in the steel string category, and it's one of the 7 fiddles in the test samples.  Care to try to match it up??

VMAAI 2014 Steel rd3.mp3

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Here's another little challenge...

This is a recording by a different player, different location, different recording equipment (VMAAI 2014 competition).  It was the silver medal tone winner in the steel string category, and it's one of the 7 fiddles in the test samples.  Care to try to match it up??

attachicon.gifVMAAI 2014 Steel rd3.mp3

 

That's a nice violin Don ! But I can't tell - beats me. I like to imagine I have it narrowed down to three but I won't put any money on that. :) Lovely violin .

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Now, I'm waiting for Don to tell us that a couple of them were the same violin.  :lol:

 

Almost... but not quite.  One of them is an equalizer-modified version of one of the others, in an attempt to "improve" it by correcting some things that were potential weaknesses.  So there are really only 6 different violins.

 

 

I'll go out on a limb, and say #1 is the silver medal fiddle.

I hope I don't get cast into the Gorge of Eternal Peril...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpx6XnankZ8

 

I think we'll all have a party at the bottom of the gorge.  Prior to making and posting this test, I thought there would be a fair chance of picking things out.  Now I realize how difficult it really is.  However, I did mention how different it is to be driving the bow vs. listening to a recording, and that is for sure. 

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....  However, I did mention how different it is to be driving the bow vs. listening to a recording, and that is for sure.

Or playing vs listening live. I finally got to hear one of my regrads yesterday. I passed it around the room, and was happy with the sound (as were the players--it is also steel strung). If #1 was what I heard under my ear, I would be very happy. If that's what I heard twenty feet away, I would alter the setup... although I suspect you are highly talented in that department, and have done your best for all seven, no six! Aaaaaahhhhgg! :)
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