Chapter 10 Underpinnings V: Getting your hands dirty

This chapter is about measurements and experiments, in all their guises relevant to the study of musical instruments.

In writing this rather wide-ranging chapter I have benefitted enormously from conversations with several friends and colleagues: especially Evan Davis and Claire Barlow. Many of their good ideas are incorporated into what follows. Other colleagues have also freely contributed material for inclusion here, in areas that lie outside my own comfort zone: I thank Murray Campbell, David Sharp, Mico Hirschberg, George Stoppani and Rudolf Hopfner from Violinforensic of Vienna.