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Drying periods of wood
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Doc Miller
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February 20, 2017 - 3:55 am
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Hello All:

I have a question, When you see advertisements stating drying periods of wood for violins e.g. 10 yr, 20 yr, or 30 yr. Does that effect sound or price ?

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February 20, 2017 - 9:13 am
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Hello!  From what I've heard, drying periods affect both sound and price.  Kind of like the fermentation period for alcoholic beverages, a violin's sound will improve the longer the woods are dried.  And because of this, a violin whose woods have been dried for 20 years will be exponentially more expensive than something that's been dried for 5.  

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Fiddlerman
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February 23, 2017 - 10:26 am
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True.
Also, wood that is more seasoned will be more stable than greener wood.
Scott Cao told me that the wood that he uses for the bench made violins that he builds himself, only makes about 8 a year now a days, comes from 200-300 year old wood. He has a lot of connections. 🙂
His personal bench made violins, not to be confused with simply the Scott Cao Superior violins, are incredible. We have sold 2 here and have a new one in stock now.

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