It'd be tough to sample violins in an anechoic chamber though. Intonation would be a bitch and the sound would be terrible since one of the ways a player works is responding to the surrounding acoustic.
In which case sampling them totally dry just isn't an option - you have at least room or you don't. Come to think of it, you'd need a totally non-reflective mic and stand and lead, and a totally non-reflective violin, and a totally non-reflective violinist. Cool
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