An enlightening book for the string musician as much as for the violin maker, it bridges the gap between scientific knowledge and practical experience. New insights on how string instruments work are clearly explained.
Scientific investigations into the significance of the bridge and soundpost, movements of the body, string vibration patterns, and the functions of bow hair have set aside many a sacred cow.
Many things that makers and players know from experience – adjustments, wolf tones, string characteristics – can be traced back to understandable physical phenomena. The optimization of tone and playability is no longer a matter of magic.