I see FM talking about the violin reaction time in his reviews. Could someone explain how violins have different reaction times? My basic understanding of physics and acoustics make me want to believe that the instrument will play what you do
There is at least one hidden factor about response.
The violin is spring loaded by the pull of the strings. One can barely touch high tension strings without a reaction from the violin. Lower tension tends to be "slower".
I'm sure there are other factors but I have noticed tension as a major factor in how a violin acts …… physically and for sound.
i think it has a lot to do with the strings, string tension, bow hair and rosin. If a string is tighter, and the force is tighter against the violin, the violin will react quicker. If you have the same string tension on two different violins, the strength (thickness, age rings, even humidity) would be the determining factor. bla bla bla
that is the answer i would give my wife.
my real answer is, iduno
Some violins don't spit out the notes when I play fast and others do. The vibration might not be quick enough on some that by the time I play the next note the first hasn't had a good enough resonance and I'm actually cutting it off with the next note.
Of course string thickness and tension has something to do with it but some instruments react better or worse with the exact same equipment.
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