Advantages of the angled grain violin top plates...
(8/2014)
...The two identically sized violin wood blocks are cut, one with the grain along the length and the other exactly cross-grained. When the strips are dropped against the metal bar, the cross grain strip sounds very different than the longitudinal grain strip, even though they come from the identical wood block and are identical in size; only the wood grain orientation is different.
...This has important implications for instrument makers.
...Conclusion: (2014) It does appear that the angled grain violins seem to an advantage in increased depth of tone in the lower notes, over the traditional top plate grain design. I did a research project that involved making three violins, close in design, two of which had angled grain design, one with conventional bass bar orientation, one with bass bar also angled, and one of conventional plate orientation. When all three were complete, my violin instructor, Ron Kilde, played each and we decided that there was an advantage with angled top plate grain with the angled bass bar. If the bass bar was not angled and plate was angled, this resulted in an inferior performance; both in comparision to the traditionally designed violin made at the same time.
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