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Installing the Bridge on a Stringed Instrument

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

Careful installation of the bridge is necessary to achieve proper sound, tuning and maintenance of violins, violas or cellos. A poorly installed bridge will warp, break, and could result in damage to the strings or the stringed instrument itself. When instruments are shipped, the bridges are not placed on the instrument, because they can be …

How to Keep Your Violin “Tuned Up” and Playable

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

Good care and maintenance are vital in preserving a violin, whether or not the instrument endures frequent travel or gets handled often. All instruments need regular cleaning and attention, and much of it can be done at home. Every so often, an instrument should also be taken in to the local violin shop for a …

The US Federal Ivory Ban and Musical Instruments

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) director has worked with the Obama Administration to set in place strict rules that coincide with the Endangered Species Act and African Elephant Conservation Act against stringed instruments containing illegally sourced ivory. Many stringed instruments such as cellos and violins use ivory in the tips and frogs …

Ivory, Violins and Violin Bows: Benning Violin

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

Through the years some makers have considered Ivory as an essential choice when it came to building fine musical instruments, from pianos to fine violins. Ivory can be found in an assortment of animals like a warthog, walrus, whale, and hippopotamus. However, the ivory found in Asian and African elephant tusks has always been in …

How to Choose a Case for Your Stringed Instrument

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

When faced with a multitude of options, determining the right case for your fine violin, viola or cello can bean intimidating undertaking. To find the case that’s best for you, you will need to consider your lifestyle as a musician, your environment and your budget. Violinists who own fine violins should be mostly concerned with …

Violinmaking Measuring and Fitting the Neck Piece: Benning Violin

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

When crafting fine violins, as opposed to cheap, mass-produced ones, placing the neck onto the violin body is the most complex procedure, as the exact size, fit and angle will determine the symmetry of all the fittings and the ease at which the instrument is played. Precise measurements ultimately make or break the musician’s physical …

Violin making Carving the Scroll: Benning Violins

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

The distinctive scroll found at the top of fine violins, violas and cellos is a purely decorative woodcarving that showcases the violinmaker’s skill as a maker and craftsman. The concept originated in the Baroque era. Typically the scroll carving is shaped like a volute, or rolled up spiral, but they historically also appeared as human …

Benning Violin making: Designing the Sound Holes

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

The sound holes of stringed instruments such as fine cellos, violas and violins, also known as F-holes, are openings in the top plate. The holes allow the plate to resonate more freely and let internal air resonance to travel outside the instruments, enhancing their lower pitches. In box resonating musical instruments, sound holes come in …

Standard Tunings for Violins, Violas and Cellos

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

For the practicing instrumentalist, tuning a violin, viola or cello is a daily task. Located in the peg box towards the end of the instrument, pegs are adjusted to tune the pitches of each individual string. Fine tuners, optional tiny knobs located in the tailpiece, allow for more subtle adjustments in pitch, especially on steel-core …

Violins, Violas and Cellos: Straightening the Bridge

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

In time, as violins, violas and cellos are used, tuning the strings on the instrument eventually cause the bridge to become slightly angled, leaning upwards towards the top of the instrument and the fingerboard. It can affect the sound of the instrument, warp over time, and may eventually break. This happens to almost all violins, …

Hourglass Shapes of Violins, Violas and Cellos

September 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Entertainment

The shape of stringed instruments such as violins, violas and cellos consists of an upper bout, lower bout, and two C-shape bouts on either side. Looking from the front or back of the instrument, these features create an “hourglass” figure to the instrument. The shape is more than just attractive to the eye; it is …

Dendrochronology and Fine Violins: Benning Violins Team

August 15, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Arts and Entertainment

Dendrochronology and Fine Violins   Dendrochronology is the act of analyzing tree ring patterns in wood in order to determine the wood’s age. Dendrochronology has been used for many years in scientific research like geography and archeology. Dendrochronology can also be used to determine when a wooden instrument was made. Historians, auction houses and even …

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