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Violin Onalee: Today I setup Onalee with the Balsam ground base coat. The ground coat is the material that goes into the wood. The varnish will sit on top of the ground and wood. I wanted to make a sound test between the raw wood and the Balsam ground. So today was the day.
Also, I’m doing a bass bar test as well. I purposefully left Onalee’s bass bar heavier than on earlier instruments. Previously, I’ve follow the standard rules of thumb on how to trim the bass bar, but not really understanding how it affected the instruments tone. So, on Onalee I’ll make recordings with the Balsam ground (creating spectrograph charts of the frequency range energy of the instrument, modes). Then I’ll remove the top plate and trim just the upper plate portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and setup the instrument making the recording test again. Then I’ll remove the top and trim some wood on the lower portion of the bass bar. Reassemble and make the tests again. As an engineer I want to follow the scientific process, make a change in one variable with everything else the same (as much as possible) and then test, retest etc. Obviously this takes a some time to really determine what changes affect what tonal qualities. All in the pursuit of excellence 🙂 Oh and a special note: My Mother-n-law the namesake for violin Onalee entered hospice this week. I’m so honored to be playing the violin named after Onalee at the time of her transition; especially when violin Onalee is currently the best sounding instrument that I’ve made. Honor and salute to you Onalee Cheetwood a great woman. Thank you!
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