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Can someone tell me.............
..... whichever 2nd hand violin I check in the adverts,
............ even if it is the biggest sack-of-kak one will ever set eyes upon,
....................... is said to have a "well-rounded tone"?
surely this cannot be true for EVERY second hand violin in the world.
or maybe the ones that "have a slightly skewiff tone" end up on a funeral pyre!
thanks, rant over!
I was born with nothing,
and to my surprise I still have most of it left!
"Well-rounded tone" in such cases means that the instrument has a vast range of possible tonal expressions. It may be squawky, squeaky, shrieky, whistling, buzzing, rattling, nasal, muffled or even flatulent. Particularly well-rounded instruments may be able to exhibit more than one of those qualities at once.
If you are particularly fortunate, they may sometimes also be "automatically microtonal". Such rare instruments can be identified quite easily. Tune any string and bow the open note for a minute or two. Automatically microtonal instruments will slowly shift through every frequency between what you tuned it to and a pitch several notes below that one with no further effort on your part, as if by magic!
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
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