Bridge Admittance Measurements of 10 Preference-Rated Violins

Saitis, C., Fritz, C., Giordano, B.L. and Scavone, G. (2013) Bridge Admittance Measurements of 10 Preference-Rated Violins. In: Proceedings of Acoustics 2012, Nantes, France, 23-27 Apr 2012, pp. 3599-3604.

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The overall goal of the research presented here is to investigate correlations between measured vibrational properties of the violin and subjective judgments by violinists and to better understand what distinguishes one instrument from another. The novelty of this study is that 10 violins of different make and age were evaluated and preferencerated by 13 experienced musicians in a carefully controlled violin-playing perceptual experiment. Regarding the vibrational properties of the instruments, the classical bridge admittance measurements have been examined so far. The five “signature” modes below 600 Hz were identified in all of the tested violins. Comparisons between violin groups based on across-players average preference score generally showed no prominent preference-related trends for mode frequencies or frequency spacings. Further analysis showed no links between admittance correlations and preference.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Giordano, Dr Bruno
Authors: Saitis, C., Fritz, C., Giordano, B.L., and Scavone, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience

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