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    Viols - screechy?

    Does the sound of VIOLS do your head in? - they do mine in!!!! :-(
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    What's a VIOL?

    I'm not crazy, my reality is just different to yours.............................

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    Don't listen to them then. Unless you want your head done in that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmtell View Post
    Don't listen to them then. Unless you want your head done in that is.

    I'm not crazy, my reality is just different to yours.............................

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    Vile sound





    Compression drivers twerk my eardrums

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    Thank you. It seemed like common sense to me.

    Fucks knows what a viol is though.

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    Compression drivers twerk my eardrums

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmDismal View Post
    No

    I'm not crazy, my reality is just different to yours.............................

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    Before anyone has a laugh at the OP's expense perhaps we ought to ask him if he means these..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viol



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    I listen to a lot of Radio 3 and have heard Viols enough times - i think they are instruments like violins or violas (come to think of it - more like violas from the name).They are played with a bow.

    anyway,with a system like mine they shouldn't screech but they ALWAYS do!!!!!! :-(

    PS You classical music audiophiles should be tuning into Radio 3 more often methinks! :-)
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    It's the same as a viola de gamba - which literally means a large violin made from prawns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicedoc441 View Post
    I listen to a lot of Radio 3 and have heard Viols enough times - i think they are instruments like violins or violas (come to think of it - more like violas from the name).They are played with a bow.

    anyway,with a system like mine they shouldn't screech but they ALWAYS do!!!!!! :-(

    PS You classical music audiophiles should be tuning into Radio 3 more often methinks! :-)

    I'll give that a miss if that's okay with everybody.

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    Viol music is wonderful!

    If they sound screechy, this is either a poor quality / low res recording or your system is not that smooth. Well played and given time and space (with a glass of red and low lighting), they pamper my ears for hours

    My favourite vile albums... (Tip: if you are totally new to viols then listen to number 2)

    1. Marais
    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/w/89674
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marais-Suitt.../dp/B000GLKRVU (has samples)


    2. Purcell Fantasias
    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Alia%2BVox/AVSA9859 (also with samples)



    3. http://www.amazon.com/Tous-matins-mo.../dp/B000005WDQ

    4. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording...ort-music.aspx

    5. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording...six-viols.aspx
    Last edited by peteAllen; 21-02-2012 at 08:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicedoc441 View Post
    Does the sound of VIOLS do your head in? - they do mine in!!!! :-(
    Do you count the double bass - probably a member of the viol family - as "screechy"?

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    Viols - which are related ancestrally to the more modern violin family of instruments - tend to be played with less vibrato, so the sound they make is less warm than violins and the like. The music that they play is also mostly from the Baroque (even Renaissance period) so it does not have the classical/romantic content of more recent string music.

    This does make them more difficult to listen to for the person who is hearing them afresh - i.e. they are something of an acquired taste.

    Well worth persevering, however.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris217 View Post
    Do you count the double bass - probably a member of the viol family - as "screechy"?
    It is when I use the bow...
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    I stopped listening to Baroque over a year ago and never hankered for it again. This thread made me realize that maybe it's the viols that make Baroque so unpalatable to my ears.

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    alia vox.


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    Actually many of the instruments from the era are slightly "thinner" sounding. If you listen to orchestral music played with original instruments, you will notice overall the orchestra sounding less full, velvety or romantic.

    I am a trombonist and the ancestral lineage of my Conn 88H comes from the infamous sackbut - sounds massively different from a present trombone. Much thinner and harsher even in the most capable (not mine) hands

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    Yes,the instruments sound 'thinner' - NOT screechy :-)
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