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Body Timbre
Carbon Fiber Vs Aluminium Vs 3D Print
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March 8, 2015 - 2:20 pm
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Hi, I was recently hoping to invest in a durable custom made viola however there are quite a few options of material out there and different timbre's are produced to. Since I don't have quite a good enough musical ear to tell the distinct differences between the timbre material sound made. I was hoping some people could help me by describing what they here. So I here three in mind Carbon Fiber, 3D Printed, and Aluminum. And here are there sound examples

Carbon Fiber:

3D Printed:


I looking for a list of timbres theses instruments make beside the obvious that one is more resonant than the other
I.e mahogany wood produces warm dark tones

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March 8, 2015 - 7:49 pm
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The aluminum sounds nice but it may lack a lot of sustainability It becomes faded with excess air. The carbon fiber sounded good for outdoor music because it's doesn't resonate like wood. In other words the carbon fiber is crisp but has way less overtones/natural harmonics.

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March 9, 2015 - 12:31 pm
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I know some people who play on carbon fiber instruments and are very happy with them but I've heard colleagues complain about those peoples instruments. I'm not completely decided but even on the demo with comparisons, I lean towards the wood instruments.

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March 9, 2015 - 7:43 pm
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Would you say they have different sounds besides resonance and sustainability. 

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