STRADIVARIUS AT TEC EUROLAB

STRADIVARIUS AT TEC EUROLAB

Fought over by museums and collectors worldwide, Stradivarius violins are more than just exquisite musical instruments, they are fully fledged works of art.
The Messiah Stradivarius, made by the Cremona-born master craftsman Antonio Stradivari in 1716, has been a symbol of that perfection for centuries. It owes its fame to the outstanding condition it is still in, with the varnish almost completely intact, as though it had come out of its maker's workshop only yesterday. Three centuries since its creation,
The Messiah Stradivarius has come back to Cremona to celebrate its 300th birthday, and will be on display at the Museo del Violino from 15 September to 18 December.

As part of this historic journey, TEC Eurolab ─ in partnership with the Museo del Violino in Cremona and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which owns the instrument ─ has made a major contribution to the study of the ancient art of the renowned violin-maker by performing the first ever tomographic analysis of the Messiah.
 
To obtain the highest possible image quality and enable the entire instrument to be scanned, TEC Eurolab carried out three tomographic scans, each in an area of particular interest. The scanning parameters were optimised individually for each area:

-          Complete instrument, including scroll (voxel resolution: 112 microns)
-          F-hole area (75 microns)
-          Neck heel, including nails (64 microns)
-          Pegs and tailpiece (80 microns)

The scans were performed by Marco Moscatti, engineer in TEC Eurolab's Industrial Tomography Department. TEC Eurolab achieved top-quality results by working with Francesco Piasentini's violin-making and restoration Studio, which developed a suitable support structure for the instrument. Francesco Piasentini, himself an engineer, also took care of the post-processing of the tomographic volumes and the graphic quality of the tomographic images obtained.

The initial results will be published in “The absolute Stradivari - The Messie violin 1716|2016" (published by Museo del Violino) in the chapter on industrial tomography by Piasentini and Moscatti, and in the sections by the Laboratorio Arvedi and violin-maker Gregg Alf, who also used the findings of the examination in their study of the instrument. The historic volume, devoted entirely to the Messiah Stradivarius, will also include contributions from Renato Meucci, John Dilworth, Carlo Chiesa, Fausto Cacciatori, Marco Malagodi, Marco Fioravanti, John Topham and Brigitte Brandmair.
 

WOOD MUSICK 2016
​Barcelona (Spain), Museu de la Música, 7-9 September 2016

 

EVALUATING THE USE OF INDUSTRIAL X-RAY CT FOR THE REVERSE ENGINEERING OF BOWED STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
Francesco Piasentini (1), Andrea Scanavini (2), Simone Carmignato (3), Valentina Aloisi (3), Manuel Rigodanza (3)

1. Francesco Piasentini, Studio for Violin Making and Restoration, Italy
2. Sideius, TEC-Eurolab, Italy
3. Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padova, Italy

 
Download extended abstract of Wood Musick Conference 2016 speech

Industrial X-Ray CT for Violins

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