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Dianne Adkins
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Hi guys, I know that my violin is a French violin and it has slightly wider dimensions than some Italian and German made instruments. I can also say that where tone production is concerned, my violin is very ‘bright’ on the tonal spectrum. This translates to some positives, like easier to produce sound, play loud and some negatives, like very unforgiving play – it requires excellent technique or will ‘sound off’ playing mistakes without mercy! I use ‘weich’ or ‘light’ thomastik strings to offset the brightness of tone on the A, D and G strings and it helps balance the tone very much. I noticed you can get Thomastik Dominant strings on Superior Violins in all the various gauges, depending on if you need a heavier sound or a lighter sound for your violin. Also I use a Pirastro Olive E to keep the naturally bright sound as mellow as possible. They also carry the Gold Pirastro E string, which I have used before and which really makes the upper registers pop. So if your violin needs that extra clarity, you might consider trying it. To me it’s worth it when you can get a professional grade E string for less than $5.00.

The two most famous violin makers in history are Stradivari and Guarneri. The modern dimensions of violins made today are copies of these perfected originals. The dimensions of their instruments varied slightly, the Guarneri having smaller outer width but taller depth inside from the top to the back, and sometimes they are a little shorter, too. Their signature tone production is different too, although there are so few of these violins left for us to enjoy. Here is a pro talking about their tonal differences. Stradivari vs. Guarneri: An Expert Explains the Difference.

Even violins of the same maker, having exactly the same dimensions, for example, the Viviano Vitale, will have some differences in tonal qualities because they are as unique as people from the same family. To add even more to the mix, tone is affected by the bow and rosin being used, and even more by the player him/herself!