Micro-CT scanning the 1727 ‘Benvenuti’ Stradivari violin

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Rudolf Hopfner, director of the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments in Vienna, explains the process of scanning an instrument, and what the scans of the ‘Benvenuti’ tell us about its construction in this article from December 2016

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This article appeared in the December 2016 issue of The Strad

All the images that accompany this article have been taken from scans made at the Vienna Micro-CT Lab in November 2015. This is the same technology that was used to scan the Girolamo Amati contralto viola featured in The Strad ’s October 2014 issue, and it can create high-resolution images with accuracy of up to 0.1mm. The software allows 3D surface renderings to be recreated from the 2D slices, enabling us to visualise the instrument from any angle; it also provided the basis for taking many of our measurements…

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