Weight of a violin and sound
How does the weight of a violin affect the sound of of a violin. I've heard French and Italian makers often use lighter wood than the germans. is that so? My French violin weighs 420gms and my friends chinese violin on the other hand weights 549gms. What is the average weight of a violin? And how does the weight affect the sound?
Presumably these are weights without the add-ons of chin rest and shoulder rest, which will add a significant amount to the whole, and will probably (but not necessarily) have an observable effect on the sound. That extra weight will depend on the design and materials of those add-ons. In the case of a chin-rest, its positioning and how tight it is fitted can affect the sound.
I think these weights likely include chinrest.
Makers have told me that the density of the wood matters as well. For me, a very light feel in the hand is something I associates with good old Italians. Some modern makers achieve that without obvious flimsiness, and others are much heavier (with similar hardware).
Let's get some sort of ball rolling, starting with my two violins.
Comparison of total mass does not make any sense. What matters is plate graduation and overall design. Beware of extremely light violins; they may have been re-graduated resulting in a very thin upper board which is not sustainable in the long run.