Lutherie

  • by John Holder
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    The thief, his wife and the 'Huberman' Strad

    2019-02-08T12:54:00Z

    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 ...

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    William Watson, bow maker: 1930-2018

    2019-02-06T12:54:00Z

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

  • John Jordan
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    The most exotic violin woods

    2019-02-04T17:46:00Z

    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. ...

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    In focus: 1751 violin by G.B. Guadagnini

    2019-02-01T15:13:00Z

    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

    2019-02-01T13:42:00Z

    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

  • Francesco Bissolotti has died aged 89
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    Italian violin maker and teacher Francesco Bissolotti has died aged 89

    2019-01-31T15:19:00Z

    The influential luthier was respected for his technical skill and use of Cremonese making techniques 

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    Why musicians should appeal against the ivory act

    2019-01-31T14:03:00Z

    Benjamin Hebbert on the ethical tightrope of campaigning for exemptions to the Ivory Act while supporting its aim to put a stop to the slaughter of elephants

  • Carbon Cello
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    Making a cello from carbon

    2019-01-29T13:45:00Z

    In this video Tim Duerinck demonstrates how to make a cello from carbon by hand. The music to the video is also performed on the carbon cello. To read his article investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making click here .

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    In focus: c.1737 cello by G.F. Celoniato

    2019-01-23T12:10:00Z

    From a Turinese maker with a relatively short but successful career, from which only a handful of instruments survive, comes this elegant cello. Article by Simon Morris

  • Frank Peter Zimmermann
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    Frank Peter Zimmermann talks violins

    2019-01-22T17:57:00Z

    In this video, Frank Peter Zimmermann describes what it means to have a long-term relationship with your instrument, and how you know which violin is right for you.