MIT study: What gives a Strad its power

MIT study: What gives a Strad its power


norman lebrecht

April 21, 2015

‘MIT researchers and violin makers at Boston’s North Bennet Street School have analysed measurements from hundreds of Cremonese-­era violins, identifying features that contribute to their acoustic power, or fullness of sound.

‘…The researchers found that a key feature affecting a violin’s sound is the shape and length of its “f-holes,” the f-shaped openings through which air escapes: the more elongated these are, the more sound a violin can produce…’

So what else is new? Read full article here.

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  • Rob van der Hilst says:

    Uhh….damned good violinplayers are of no any significance? Come-one folks!

    • MWnyc says:

      I think most of us presumed that was obvious enough that there was no need to take up space mentioning it.