Sign in to follow this  
Colin_baillie

well 'flamed' / 'figured' back - how important?

Recommended Posts

It might be a silly question and the answer may simply be that it depends on the density of the wood, but I recently saw a professional Scottish traditional player at a concert playing a violin which looked like it had little or no significant figuring on the back and sides. It sounded lovely. 

If well figured wood is an indicator of superiour materials, are there also top quality instruments that exhibit little or no markings? I think you could objectively say that would make for a less beautiful violin, but is it strictly less likely to have a good tone?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think figured wood is only superior in an aesthetic sense. It also costs more, so therefore folk immediately associate it with 'quality'. In fact you could make the case for plain, straight grained quarter sawn wood being more likely to be well behaved and stable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love old plain maple backs. I don't believe there is any correlation with tone quality and figure in the wood.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.