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Craft and Science

Fertile collaboration with the Technical University Dresden has been of indispensable assistance over many years in the constant improvement of Liuto forte sound quality. Students at the Technical University Dresden, Institute of Solid Mechanics under the direction of Prof. Rolf Schmidt analyse our instruments in the context of their verification work. Careful note is taken of the process of resonant vibration at the bridge, an essential factor for plucked stringed instruments, along with the influence of the barring on the frequency proportions of the soundboard. The results of these investigations supply a valuable increase in knowledge concerning the fundamental functioning of lute instruments. They also contribute a better understanding of the historical lute construction, as well as to solve accoustic problem that can occure during the manufacturing of the lute. The measurements made by the most modern apparatus in the laboratory can exponentially supplement the intuition and experience of our lute makers.

The following insightful visualisation of vibration of Liuto forte in various frequency gives you a little insight into the results of this research.