Luthier of world renown: the year long wait for the singing souls

Martin Schleske brings together very different disciplines: He is a violin Builder, has studied physics and is concerned with Religion. In his workshop in Lands

Luthier of world renown: the year long wait for the singing souls

Martin Schleske brings together very different disciplines: He is a violin Builder, has studied physics and is concerned with Religion. In his workshop in Landsberg am Lech, he recovers with a staff of three special violins, for 24 years. The New York Times has referred to him as a leading violin maker from Germany.

Two colleagues, help in the production of, an employee works in the office. In the year, around 25 violins are made. The long production time worth, says Schleske, since the violins would be so qualitatively better and, above all, extraordinary. A good Instrument is to a musician like his voice is a singing soul. "A really good violin allows it to fly the musician," says Schleske.

His "singing souls" are internationally known and sought after. Currently, 40 to 50 musicians on its waiting list, four-fifths are professional musicians. A violin costs between 25 000 and 50 000 euros. Schleske also makes violas for a similar price and cellos, which costs 40 000 to 60 000 euros. Annually he sells about three cellos, and five to six violas. "Really valuable, it will, if I live," he says. No violins and more are being added. "Everything that is limited is valuable."

Extensive acoustic analyses

customers include the well-known violinist Ingolf Turban and Jehi world. Schleskes instruments to buy not just in his Shop. He would first like to get to know each customer, to be able to the character to assess. "When a violin is finished, I check the inside to fit whomever you could. And then I call, and my, Yes, it could be that your violin is ready.“ Then he invites the customer to try out. Until such a call comes, it can take two to three years. The violin, then it fits the strong feelings triggers.

Schleske creates his violins with the help of acoustic analyses that he carries out in his acoustics laboratory. The most important are the modal analysis and the spectrum analysis/noise analysis. In the case of the modal analysis, the vibration to be measured shapes and then animated. "As a result, you can understand systematic comparisons of different design modifications and their influence on the acoustics," says Schleske. This computer-based analysis comes from the air and space travel. Each and every violin has a self-oscillation, which determines how the Instrument sounds and how it plays. Through the modal analysis, is set during the construction of stringed instruments the sound.

In the case of the spectrum analysis/noise analysis is to measure the sound radiation and spatially represented: What exactly is radiated to sound when the Instrument is excited? The musical information thus obtained, to be made on colored maps visible. Meaningful is the comparison with other instruments. The spectral analysis creates an individual resonance profile. Among other things, the resonance profile data provides for the psycho-acoustic analysis: a sound to the inner ear of a human and stimulates. The resonance profile is determined with the help of 36 measurements of the spatial sound radiation. Schleskes research results has added to the German Museum in Munich in his collection.

Updated Date: 19 July 2020, 05:19

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