Wave patterns on violin back: the more the better? Help me choose one!
Hi. My question is about 'curvy maple' pattern (i think this is the name) on violin back plate. The more the better, right?
i'm going to buy a new violin, and have two options:
i think violin A have lesser patterns but it's very strong, violin B have more patterns, but tiny ones.
which one is better if i only consider this and nothing more about violin construction in general?
what are the chances i'm getting a better violin going for the "better pattern" one?
my personal choice is violin A because it's more beautiful to me. but what about actual sound? (again, ignore everything else, i just want to know wich pattern could be better for the sound of the violin in geneeral)
can you help me?
Specimen A is more striking to the eye I think.
Should make no difference to the sound. Either one could be better on that front.
Can someone help with my speaker settings? I'm having trouble accessing the sound from these pictures.
The word is "flames". VERY cheap violins will almost certainly have none but the wood of the back has little or no influence on the sound. Neither does the fancy inlay.
I this a violin you are going to play or a violin you are going to hang on the wall (back side out)? ??
Mike, I'm fully prepared for the FLEEKNESS of this fiddle, are you? It's just Bill Gates did something sus to my Apple's sound processor, and the violin sound won't come out of my screen, NO CAP!
I need a moment to prepare my ears, for God has not updated my audio drivers.
This is completely dependent on your own taste!
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@Diego, I believe you are referring to “curly maple” which is the naturally decorative flaming in the wood. This effect is enhanced with a quality varnishing which can bring a reflective and 3 dimensional look to the violin. This figurative wood is favored by makers and buyers alike. But, more important is the overall quality of craftsmanship. If this is to be tool used for music making, it is usually best to make a purchase decision based on playability and sound characteristics rather than aesthetics.
"which one is better if i only consider this and nothing more about violin construction in general?"
I don't believe for one minute that the wood of the back plate "makes no difference" to the sound. A lot of sound comes off the back plate, paricularly the higher frequencies (stiffness). Just try playing 'cello fashion with the violin leaning towards, then away from, jour body.
Surely you're also hearing the radiation pattern from the front at a different angle?
Adrian, you write "makes no difference" in inverted commas as though you are quoting someone. Yet you are the only person to use the expression. I hope you are not misunderstanding and misquoting my logic.
Steve, ok for the angle, but try bowing while resting the fiddle on the palm of your hand: the back certainly vibrates. A tight shoulder rest can reduce the depth of tone, and a slightly crooked (but well fitted) sound-post can reduce nasality a little.
Short answer: it is impossible to judge sound from the aesthetics of the wood.
Gordon Shumway said:
Buy the violin with the better sound and playing characteristics, never mind the look of the back, which you only see when you put a shoulder rest on.
A cello belonging to a cellist friend of mine has on its back the royal coat of arms of Frederick II (The Great) of Prussia. That must trump any wave patterns!
A pattern with the insignia of Frederick IV of Prussia would be better. Wieniawski dedicated his first concerto to him!
For the ones who mocked me: go see the nature, it will do good for you.
@Diego. Congrats on your purchase. I hope your new violin is everything you hope it to be.
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