A World Apart? : Violin Acoustics, Part 2
By J. Curtin & M. Schleske, The Strad, January 2004
Are there tonal differences between old Italian violins and those built at other times in other places? Can these differences be measured? In the last article (Oct. 2003) we saw that a violin’s ability to radiate sound in two particular frequency regions determined its projection. In this article we will examine the concept of frequency response – how it is measured & plotted, & how it can be used to address questions that have haunted violinmakers for centuries.