A Critical Voice: Laurie Niles of Violinist.com on Testing of Old v. New Violins

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Ye Olde Fiddles

The latest study by Joeseph Curtin, Fan Tao, Claudia Fritz, et al, tests older Italian violins against modern examples from the prospective of the listeners.  Which fiddles project better?  Which sound best?  Of course the study concludes that modern instruments are superior.  Those who read my postings know that I have many issues with this series of studies and I will soon respond in detail to this latest installment.  In the meantime, I have run across another critial voice, almost lost in a sea of uncritical media frenzy – namely the artcles on the subject written by Laurie Niles of Violinist.com.  In series of three postings going back a few years, she confronts the realities of what these studies mean from the prospective of musicians like herself.   Please take a look:

 

-Study Looks at Modern Violins vs. Strads and Media Goes Crazy

http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20175/21158/

 

-Violinists can’t tell a Strad from a new violin — in a 30-second guessing game

http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20144/15712/

 

-What Really Happened in that Double-Blind Violin Sound Test

http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20121/13039/

 

 

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