Has a scientific study been made of string response, so we can guess less about what strings to try?
I've got a dead sounding violin. Recently I began thinking of recording a response curve of each of the strings I put on the violin and do the same with other sets. Then I would look at how certain strings would fill a gap on a violin that another string would not.
Then I could look at response curves and make a more educated decision of what strings to try. I would not be going out and buying sets of all strings, but just as I happen to buy new sets of a different brand.
I know the first thing I will hear from folks is that "every violin is different and respond uniquely to strings", but, seems like some guideline or baseline could be developed.
Anyone know of anything similar, where I don't have to reinvent the wheel? This is going beyond bright/dark/clear/complex.
One of the people who investigated this sort of thing was Norman C. Pickering, inventor of the phono cartridge that bears his name. In addition to that phono cartridge he held many other patents. For part of his career he worked with Kaplan Strings and measured many violin string things, bowing things and instrument responses. Many other scientists have worked and are working in this area (not that there is any real money funding it) - google searches will help uncover them - they will provide lots of info but not specific answers that you want.
You gave me some info I didn't have. That is some help. Thanks.
One of your biggest challenges will be controlling all the variables. Can you play the violin exactly the same, multiple times? Most people cannot. The difference between two bow strokes can be bigger than the difference between two strings.
My ear has such a horrible memory, I'd need to record the violin anyway to know if there'd been an improvement.
I would rather measure mechanical properties of the strings and use recordings to help subjective humans in a blind classification to rate them as bright/warm/complex/etc.. Here are some parameters to look at:
I do have a solid body electric, I didn't want to introduce the electronic signal path.
Gotta ask: you say the violin is dead; why are you trying to fix the strings when they aren't the problem? Fix the violin.
I've had a couple of luthiers look at it. One said "It's a bad violin". The other said "there's no reason it should not sound better". So, attempts to fix the violin have failed, or I've not found the right luthier. Both suggested other strings. I'm looking for a cheap way to get me by until I can afford another. I do have another one at the moment that I use instead.
I've tried a lot of strings, and although some were clearly better than others on my violin, they were all just very different. Some seemed better for Bach, others for concertos. Some "felt" more right, too.