Cigar Box Violins
I was looking at more kinds of cigar box violins and 3D printed violins again and was listening to the sound quality to all, and I came up with a question for the luthiers.
What do you think the sound of a violin would be like if the top plates were made of plywood?
I'm in woodshop class right now and I'm going to attempt to build a cigar box violin with a plywood top. Just wanted to see the professional's opinion on that.
Plywood violins, violas, and cellos have been common in shop orchestras for a century. The "laminated wood" does not resonate the way "solid wood" does. Plywood basses are still quite common. These plywood instruments are very rugged and used because they are "child-proof" and many basses get really rough treatment in transportation and are often used as tonal rhythm instruments.
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The standard Kay school-orchestra bass is a plywood instrument. I think even the ribs are plywood. It is prized among string-band bassists for its thumpy sound.
Constructed from plywood and a chair leg for stability. The recording is terrible but 9 years on I'm surprised at how well it sounds! Others may disagree
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