Strad3D: Tradition Meets Science

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Scientists, Violinmakers & Musicians Study Three Classic Instruments

“One of the most groundbreaking and comprehensive studies of the violin form ever conceived ” –The Strad Library

In September 2006, leading scientists and violinmakers brought three great Cremonese violins to the acoustics lab for the first-ever 3D laser vibration scans of violins, plus CT Scans and analysis. Adding traditional expertise, photos, measurements, and music, the project has become a unified inquiry of unprecedented scope.
Sam Zygmuntowicz, Violinmaker – Creative Director, Producer
George Bissinger, PhD – Research Director
Produced In Association with the VSA Oberlin Violin Acoustics Workshop

Videos from Strad3D

Laser Vibration Scanning of the Titian Stradivari: The Research, and Modal Animations
F-Hole Design: A Violinmaker combines Tradition and Science
Strad3D Musical Teaser: The Titian Stradivari–Lachen Verlent by Essa Pekka Salonen

About Sam Zygmuntowicz
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Samuel Zygmuntowicz,Violinmaker, was already a prize-winning sculptor before beginning his instrument-making studies at age 13. Since 1985 he has made instruments by advance commission for performers such as Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell,  Maxim Vengerov, Yo-Yo Ma, Leila Josefowicz, David Finckle and the Emerson String Quartet members. A 1994 violin that he made for Isaac Stern set a record for the highest auction price paid for a musical instrument by  a living maker. The Harper Collins book THE VIOLINMAKER documents his making of a violin for Eugene Drucker. He is a graduate of the SLC Violinmaking School, and studied advanced making and restoration with Carl Becker and Rene Morel. His faithful copies of classic violins won early acclaim, and he has designed many personal models as well.In addition to his extensive studies of traditional violinmaking, often featured in THE STRAD magazine, he has worked closely with acoustic researchers  and is often on staff at both the Violinmaking and Violin Acoustics Workshops at Oberlin College. With Strad3D, he has brought together an inspiring group of scientists, violinmakers, musicians, filmmakers and designers. He has presented his findings throughout the USA, including The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School,  Friends of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,Music@Menlo and La Jolla Chamber Musicfestivals, The St Lawrence String Qt. Chamber MusicProgram at Stanford, plus conferences including the American Society of  Acoustics,  Arts and Science at CUNY, the  E.G. Conference in Monterey CA, the Musical Instrument Museum in Pheonix AZ, and MOMATH in NYC, and presented internationally in Italy, Sweden, England, Belgium, Spain, Australia, and Canada, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition.Sam lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife and two young sons, and plays fiddle with a variety of performing folk music groups. His CD recordings include GRAND PICNIC and JUMP WHEN THE TRUMPETS BLOW.

The Violinmaker–Made in Brooklyn-Video profile. 
Isaac Stern Interview Video-PBS 1999. 
Case Study; F-Holes Video-exploring design. 
Video Profile 2015. Visualizing Violin function Video-PBS 2014. 
New ways to Optimize Violins Video-  @ E.G.
How to Talk to Your Violinmaker- 2017
STRINGS Magazine Profile 2014