Making Matters: The ‘golden ratio’ in violin making

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Violin maker Wolfgang Schiele argues that the influence of the ‘golden ratio’ on painting, architecture and lutherie supports the idea of a perfect form for instruments

Both music lovers and art connoisseurs will agree that the shape of the Baroque violin is perfect. It survived all efforts at improvement during the 19th and 20th centuries, and even today’s luthiers are using the form to create not just musical instruments with exceptional qualities but also highly prized works of art…

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