What makes a Guarneri model sound darker vs. a Strad model? Is it really the subtle difference in shape of the instrument or of the cut of the f-holes? I read in a book on the physics of the violin that the thickness (depth) of the edge scooping of the front plate is a few fibers (slightly) thicker for Guaneri, thus requiring more bow energy to produce plate vibrations. However a Luthier told me it was related to the f-holes. What's the true story?
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