As of 2017, every violin maker and bow manufacturer in the world uses both a stringed instrument and a computerized bow system. There are no major violins made today that do not utilize a bow. The bow system is very common and allows the violin maker to make a violin lighter for an easier delivery system. You can read my article on bows here.
Myths About Strings
The general consensus among violin players is that violin players like to play with their violins. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the main one is that the most common complaint I hear from players about playing with a string is that it causes the top of the violin to vibrate and sound “wobbly” or wobbly-like. Many of these complaints are caused by the “vibrator” in the top of the violin. Some violins can “vibrate” without the “vibrator”. One of my favorite violin makers uses an open back (no vibrator) in their violins. When a string is vibrating, the violin player hears the string vibrating. Since the back of the violin is vibrating, a violin player can not hear the violin playing.
A string vibrates when the string is moving toward the front of the violin. Some violins have “vibrate” strings, and some violins do not vibrate (open back). When playing with a vibrate or open back violin, it is normal for the instrument to sound “wobbly” or “wobbly-like.” This is why your violin sounds different.
It is also normal for a violin player to have some vibration when playing with a string. It is sometimes called “pounding” or “clacking”. Some violins, especially violas with open backs, may produce clacking sound with the violin. Most violins that do produce clacking sound generally do not have vibrate strings.
I have observed violins with open back violas that vibrate. I have also seen violins with vibrate stringing and sawed-off strings in violas with open backs. This is due to the fact that sometimes a violin maker is trying to make a lighter viola or a lighter string. Violins that have vibrate strings can also “vibrate” when played, but the bassoon does not vibrate like a lighter, or heavier, violin.
When a viola has vibrates, it is very easy to hear
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