A new patent for string instruments


Familiar music – new sound

What is a copy? What is a sound copy? Do we find the famous original instruments in their original condition today? What is authentic?

For instance, when someone copies a violin made by Antonio Stradivari, they are copying many changes and improvements made by other violinmakers to the instrument in the process. Which of them has shaped today’s sound of a certain historical instrument? So whose sound is being copied?  

Do musicians play a role in the characterization of the sound of an instrument?

When a violinmaker considers the sound of his copy better than that of the original instrument, it’s called a horizon shift. What is meant by "better"?

Is sound volume a criterion in the sound of a violin? Sound volume from what acoustic perspective?

Why is it that in the 21st century, under completely different musical and technical conditions, baroque string instruments invented in the 16th century are still being built and used fairly unchanged, while wind instruments and pianos, etc have long been further developed and adapted to modern requirements of concert music?

What is an original?

From the knowledge that the admired tone of the old, above all the Italian master instruments is essentially due to the age and the centuries of musical influence, and despite many attempts by past and contemporary violinmakers, cannot be achieved with new instruments in the old design, I drew the logical conclusions and developed the design for its own sound ideal, which satisfies the modern requirements for the performance of classical and contemporary concert music in ever larger auditoriums without electronic aids and without plastics.

With this design, based on the physics of the horn, you can continue to use the raw material wood and maintain the position and way of playing of the traditional instruments. In fact, even in difficult acoustic conditions, musicians produce a highly focused, clear and dynamically projected sound with a broad range of timbres and large bandwidth on my conical string instruments.

And in addition - you will find only original instruments and no copies or replicas. Owners of my conical string instruments do not have to waste time explaining, which copy of an old master by a new master they have: the conical instruments can be recognized at first glance - and it will always only be an original from my hand or that of my son.

Among the musicians who have tried these modern string instruments in the short time since their invention in small and large halls, at rehearsals and at public concerts and in comparison with very famous old Italian master instruments, are internationally recognized soloists and great masters of their craft.The verdicts all have a common denominator:

“…A new, wonderful world of sound, effortless and assertive at all times, either with piano or as a soloist with an orchestra - orchestral as a string trio or string quartet. "

These musicians present my conical instruments in concerts, as well in the context of workshop discussions with my customers and interested parties. Audio and video documents are also available.

A special note: The conical string instruments are state-of-the-art in terms of the violin making and are covered by a patent (DE 10 2004 007 613) and protected and subject to copyright protection worldwide. Violations of these rights will be prosecuted. No licenses have been issued, thus, conical string instruments are made and placed on the market exclusively by me, Wolfgang Stegmüller, and my son, Johann Stegmüller.  

Patentdocument as PDF 


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