New violin designs?

August 28, 2017, 7:37 PM · Hi everyone - its been quite a while since I've posted and I'm currently a student at Georgia Tech (bio major; yes highly ironic considering I'm not an engineering student AND writing on a musical community blog)

Many summers ago I had the opportunity to take a very, very brief apprenticeship for a local violin maker and I loved every aspect of it, so now I'm currently working on building my own personal instrument as a more of something-I-should-have-done-with-my-life-instead, which also raises new questions diving into the construction.

While many regard the violin as "perfect", it also has its tendencies and flaws like every other natural thing in the world (projection, frequency response, wolftones/frequency overloading, etc.), and its within human nature to try and improve it (I mean, someone sat down a long time ago and put together something nice that vaguely resembles the modern day instrument and before that baroque violin or lute)

Does anyone know of design implications they thought of but is 'outside traditional design"? Yes, it'll be my first instrument and my workmanship won't be great, but I hope these new ideas will amount to something truly unique and special rather than just copying for 'a first violin'. Along my line of thought on my current blueprints (which I won't try to spoil until I'm finished), ideas such as another bass bar on the back, placement of f-holes, thickness of plates, transfer of sound around the body, shape?

Any ideas are greatly appreciated to be contemplated!


August 29, 2017 at 06:01 PM · Hi. I'd post this in the discussion board for more responses. Thanks. You may want to look at, since that site is geared more towards makers.

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