Violin/Laminated Violas


Hi Mr. James S. Fisher,

Thanks for helping me out with my previous questions a long while back. I appreciate it.

But I have another question. Could you please tell me what laminated means when string instruments are laminated? Also how does it affect the sound?

Thanks, Mr. Fisher. I appreciate it. Sincerely,


A laminated instrument is made from plywood, with a decorative wood-colored layer glued to the outside.  It's much cheaper to build than actually carving an instrument out of wood.  This is typically seen with student cellos.  Obviously, plywood isn't going to resonate with the same quality of sound as solid wood.  Laminated instruments tend to sound "nasal" and "closed-off", compared with solid wood instruments.


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James S. Fisher


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I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College, as well as certificates in violin repair, violin maintenance, and bow rehairing from the Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

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