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  • Sachs crop

    In focus: the 'Sachs' Stradivari of c.1666

    John Dilworth takes a close look at one of the very earliest violins attributable to Stradivari

  • by John Holder

    The thief, his wife and the 'Huberman' Strad

    The ‘Gibson, Huberman’ Stradivari now owned by Joshua Bell has a history worthy of a blockbuster thriller. Stolen twice in the 20th century, the second time it remained undiscovered for nearly 50 years despite being played in public regularly by its thief. In this article from January 1998, Carla Shapreau ...

  • Bill Watson 01 (Milnes)

    William Watson, bow maker: 1930-2018

    The Hill’s trained bow maker made a vital contribution to the trade during a long career, writes John Milnes

  • John Jordan

    The most exotic violin woods

    California-based electric violin maker John Jordan introduces us to some of his most exotic woods, ranging from the pricey Tasmanian tiger rose myrtle to the Swamp Kauri, which is dug up from bogs in New Zealand and is certified to be a minimum of 30000 years old.

  • Brodsky Guad crop

    In focus: 1751 violin by G.B. Guadagnini

    One of two by the maker owned by Adolph Brodsky, it has a good claim to being the one on which he premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto, writes Stewart Pollens

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    Newark's collaborative making competition reveals winners

    The School of Violin Making’s ‘Hope’ competition will see four violins and two guitars sold in aid of a charity providing refugees with tools to restart their trades



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