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Amati / Strad
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Andy Leaves
May 9, 2020 - 4:04 pm
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Totally honest question here.

Other then the overal length of the violin and the finger board size is there anyway to tell the difference between the two physically..

I mean could someone look at a violin and say this an Amati style, and this one is Strad...

I've been watching a lot of videos as part of my development, and I like the darker/deeper sound of the Amati style (not sure what is truly meant by bright, other then it seems to refer to higher pitch I think), not sure who plays the fiddle videos here but very, very nice...

At the rate I am forcing myself to play and learn I feel I might out grow my current Forenza (Yes cheap), and I might be looking to upgrade by the end of the year...

I've tried to find the answer online but cant seem to get a definite answer other then tone, Length and finger board...


What is it that makes an Amati style so...


Its the tone of this Amati I love... My heart melts, but I feel his loss 

What is the piece he's playing, by the way?

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May 9, 2020 - 4:29 pm
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I'm not familiar with specific violin styles (I can say more about viola styles) but between different styles the arching of the top plate, the height of the ribs, and the width of the bouts may differ as well.

Gordon Shumway
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May 10, 2020 - 5:44 am
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The yellow one is a horrible colour. I'd paint it pink.


Fort Lauderdale
May 18, 2020 - 7:09 pm
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Form, shape, graduation. The color of the instrument has nothing to do with the sound but the type and amount of varnish would.
Most people tend to prefer darker sounding violins. I'm not at all convinced that the Amati shape makes for a darker sounding violin though.

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