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    In focus: a 1782 cello by William Forster II


    Bradley Strauchen-Scherer examines an instrument from Britain’s foremost dynasty of violin and cello makers

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    Trade Secrets: Regluing split corner-blocks


    A reliable method for rejoining blocks split for a restoration, particularly useful for cello repairs

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    Making Matters: Baroque to the future


    Luthier Mathijs Heyligers has recently completed a project to give the same Baroque set-up to a chamber orchestra’s entire string section. What happened – and how did it change the sound? 

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    Curiouser and curiouser


    Was the 1672 ‘Mahler’ the first viola ever made by Antonio Stradivari? As Jonathan Marolle explains, this is just one of the unanswerable questions that arise when studying this fascinating instrument

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    Power of two


    In early May, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta premiered Akin , a new double concerto written for them by Michel van der Aa. Pwyll ap Siôn attended this performance, in Cologne, Germany, and spoke to composer and soloists about bringing the work to the stage

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    Masterclass: Rodney Friend on Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso


    Spanish dance and Heifetz are two of Rodney Friend’s biggest influences in this popular showpiece

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    Technique: chords


    How to tackle multi-stopped passages with more confidence, musicality and alacrity with Pavel Berman , professor of violin at the Lugano Conservatoire in Switzerland, and Academy of Perosi in Biella, Italy

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    In the mix


    The Edinburgh Quartet recently selected its 2019 apprentice, following a round of public auditions featuring performances from nine young musicians. As the training programme enters its third session, Toby Deller discovers a unique opportunity for rehearsal and performance    

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    A measured approach


    Although the many varied methods of stringed instrument making have been analysed countless times, the actual production process has hardly been questioned in its 450-year history. Luan Amorim and Amanda Schwegler use techniques taken from engineering to survey the time and cost factors – and come up with some unusual ...

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    Where there’s a will there’s a way


    During two months in Uganda, Pauline Harding learns about the indigenous one-stringed endingidi, and discovers how difficult it can be to learn an instrument in a country whose education system lends little support for arts training