Handbook of Materials for String Musical Instruments

Bucur, V 2016, Handbook of Materials for String Musical Instruments, Springer, Switzerland.

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Title Handbook of Materials for String Musical Instruments
Author(s) Bucur, V
Year 2016
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Switzerland
Subjects Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves
Acoustics and Noise Control (excl. Architectural Acoustics)
Summary This book addresses core questions about the role of materials in general and of wood in particular in the construction of string instruments used in the modern symphony orchestra - violins, violas, cellos and basses. Further attention is given to materials for classical guitars, harps, harpsichords and pianos. While some of the approaches discussed are traditional, most of them depend upon new scientific approaches to the study of the structure of materials, such as for example wood cell structure, which is visible only using modern high resolution microscopic techniques. Many examples of modern and classical instruments are examined, together with the relevance of classical techniques for the treatment of wood. Composite materials, especially designed for soundboards could be a good substitute for some traditional wood species. The body and soundboard of the instrument are of major importance for their acoustical properties, but the study also examines traditional and new wood species used for items such as bows, the instrument neck, string pegs, etc. Wood species' properties for musical instruments and growth origins of woods used by great makers such as Antonio Stradivari are examined and compared with more recently grown woods available to current makers. The role of varnish in the appearance and acoustics of the final instrument is also discussed, since it has often been proposed as a 'secret ingredient' used by great makers. Aspects related to strings are commented.As well as discussing these subjects, with many illustrations from classical and contemporary instruments, the book gives attention to conservation and restoration of old instruments and the physical results of these techniques.
Copyright notice © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
Keyword(s) Acoustics
String Musical Instruments
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-32080-9
ISBN 9783319320809
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