The test was a true “double-blind” one, as neither the players nor the people who gave them the violins had any way of knowing which instrument was which. The room was dimly lit. The players were wearing goggles so they couldn’t see properly. The instruments had dabs of perfume on the chinrests that blocked out any distinctive smells. And even though Fritz and Curtin knew which the identities of the six violins, they only passed the instruments to the players via other researchers, who were hidden by screens, wearing their own goggles, and quite literally in the dark.
>implying the violinists were privy to the identities of the instruments
In any case there should be no difference in "heft" (size? weight?)
Reading the article helps a lot
QuoteReading the article helps a lot You have a point, but...It's rather rare that I'll click on a link with the word "blog" built right in to the URL address. I have little interest in the random thoughts of nobodies I don't know, who insist, often without documentation or references, things like "I am a world expert on violins, or at least my friend is, and even though this 'article' has not undergone any third party fact checking, nor can I be held accountable to any editorial board or review staff, trust me." Not that I'm saying I read the article, so...you got me.Besides, indoctrination, or what most refer to as 'reading', is often overrated, I find .
[Don't take me too seriously... ]
Quote from: andy o on 05 January, 2012, 02:25:10 AMGot it.Well, you obvioulsy didn't quite "get" everything:
Quote from: andy o on 05 January, 2012, 02:25:10 AMGot it.Well, you obvioulsy didn't quite "get" everything: Quote from: mzil on 05 January, 2012, 12:24:00 AM[Don't take me too seriously... ]but I thank you for you kind words.
This test should have been triple blind; the test subject, test conductor, AND the violinist must be unaware which is the Strad.
Test subject = violinist in this study, right?
Quote from: mzil on 04 January, 2012, 07:00:40 PMThis test should have been triple blind; the test subject, test conductor, AND the violinist must be unaware which is the Strad.Test subject = violinist in this study, right? Or did they listen to each other? In that case it must have been blind too?