David Beck said ------
"Those of us who hear (or THINK we hear) an extra bit of flavor in the sound of fiddles made in Italy have tried looking for an explanation. The puzzle has gone on ever since makers elsewhere redoubled their efforts to reproduce not only the appearance but the distinctive timbre of those Italians (and folk like Gofriller or Tecchler who were foreigners who worked there). It was suggested once that some mystery virus got into the wood ! If we are deluded than we might need be cured on the Psychiatrists couch.
What interested me is whether any other fiddlers out there have had the same sonic experience as I (who, though an enthusiast, have tried and bought only a limited number of fiddles over the years), or am I simply nuts ?? I have tested new fiddles, straight from the workshop, both here in the UK and in Italy, and I THOUGHT I could detect an additional and distinctive sweetness in the Italian-made violins - already there from new. But always to be taken into account the capacity for self-delusion and age-related hearing loss !!! Maybe someone will begin a new thread."
I personally do not know if I think Italian fiddles (new or old) have a distinctive flavour or sound. The few I have played on briefly appear have a mellow sound. Sometimes I think I want a brighter more edgy sound, but that is really down to the player. Heifetz, I believe, played on a del Jusu and a Strad, and he got that edgy sound - so maybe it is possible on an old Italian.
Anyway, please, all you experts, discuss this in part two ...
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