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…