(revised 7/6/2014)
Useful Discoveries in Ancillary Fields of Study...
..For the purposes of this study, I will suggest three areas that you may want to consider in your violin making that have (as I imagine), a significant effect on the acoustics of the violin.
..The first of these is the rub tone of the wood used in the instrument. Unless I am mistaken, instruments made from wood with closely matching rub tone characterestics will sound and perform to a higher level. {See article cluster below:}
..The second area has to do with 'varnish ground', that is, the preparation of the wood surfaces besides varnish and coloring; that which goes on the wood below the varnish is applied. I am particular focusing on two natural products:
bee propolis and dutch rush. Each by them selves produces positive acoustical changes in the wood plates of the violin, and in specific combinations, applied in a certain order, these two can work together to increase the power by as much as 40%, with much richer tap tones produced. {see article cluster below:}
..The third area that seems very useful is maturing the varnish with a special polish treatment (Flitz). With four applications the maximum effect is achieved, with a richer, and more projecting acoustical effect. {see article cluster below:}
Wood Rub Tone, used in instrument making...
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Two Natural Varnish Grounds, Propolis and Dutch Rush...
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Flitz varnish polish technique...
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