I was wondering if anyone knows about any sources of audio clips which demonstrate how violins of various quality ranges actually sound?
This would be pretty useful to someone in the market to buy a new violin, I would imagine. Going to violin shops and trying out many different models is one way, but spotty and time consuming, at best, not to mention impractical when buying over the internet.
Verbal descriptions of tonal qualities are pretty subjective, such as "dark", "brilliant", "responsive", "warm", "mellow", etc.
But compariing different makes and models by actually listening to sound clips of each one playing the same thing (scales maybe?) would give buyers a better way of evaluating potential choices. Or at least eliminating some, to narrow down the field.
If such comparison audio files don't exist, maybe Violinist.com members could submit clips of their own violins, which could be posted somewhere on this website, so that others could access them?
Some objections to this idea might include "inconsistent recording environments", "new vs. played-in violins sound differently", "playing ability of the performer affects the sound", etc.
But at least this could be a starting point to form a database of recordings which might eventually become comprehensive enough to be a valuable shopping guide.
With a freeware sound recorder and a Radio Shack microphone on your PC, you can record and upload sound files of acceptable sound quality, in some standard format (MP3 for example), to allow others to hear what your violin sounds like as compared to others. Yes? No?
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