Why a Strad has more power than your phone

An MIT research project, studying the special allure of Cremona instruments, has arrived at the conclusion that Strads are more powerful than a supermarket own-brand.

No big deal. The real conclusion is that the Cremona craftsmen discovered, by trial and error, that a thicker back plate and a larger f-hole will yield a louder noise.

That’s the extra boost, they say. Fascinating study. Read here.

If only cellphones could produce more volume…

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