September 21, 2012 at 11:47 PMI made these two small videos trying to demonstrate the "chattoyance" or "holographic effect".
As the light moves the flames in the varnish wood moves and "dances". This is known is "chattoyance" or "holographic effect", as seen in old Italian instruments, here can be seen in one of my violas.
When I purchased my violin on September 27, 2012 I swore that I would not care about brand or appearance, just playability and sound. After an hour and a half of me and my teacher fighting over a dozen instruments I went home with a wonder instrument that for some reason I thought was yellow. I was planning on a trial period but I fell in love.
The next day I found it was a golden brown and when I first looked inside the f holes I though ‘stripes’ I didn’t remember stripes. I turned it over and it is what I think is a very tight flamed maple. So I searched the web for tight verses not so tight maple.
The only thing I found at first was something about if you shine a light source on the flames and then move the light source the dark and the light flames switch. I was not prepared for the holographic effect. It is an amazing sight.
Again thank you for sharing these videos.
I don't know if this is true, but I was told that if they don't do this then the flaming is painted on..
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