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  • Torleif Thedeen with 1783 Guadagnini
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    Rostropovich's record-breaking Guadagnini on loan to Torleif Thedéen

    2019-01-18T12:01:00Z

    Norwegian musical instrument foundation bought the cello for nearly £2m from an auction of the great Russian’s collection

  • Four Circles
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    The 'Four Circles' system of violin making

    2019-01-14T14:00:00Z

    Luthier Kevin Kelly explains his ‘Four Circles’ system for instrument design, adaptable to violins, violas and cellos

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    Plane and simple: steel bow planes

    2019-01-11T12:08:00Z

    Taking inspiration from the design of traditional French bow-making tools, these bow planes are constructed from machine-tooled steel that has been ground and flash-chromed for additional durability. The blades are custom-made by Hock tools and are also available separately. Triangle Strings bow plane from $160, ...

  • Luca Ruggiero - Spreading varnish with the fingers
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    Luca Ruggiero: Spreading varnish with the fingers

    2019-01-09T17:06:00Z

    The Italian luthier demonstrates his personal technique for applying varnish on a finished instrument

  • Top down cr Jean Fitzgerald
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    In focus: the 1706 'Brott-Turner/Schumacher' Tecchler cello

    2019-01-07T11:55:00Z

    Tom Wilder examines an instrument in an excellent state of preservation by the foremost maker of the Roman school. From the September 2014 issue of The Strad

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    Blank canvas: unvarnished 5-string instruments

    2018-12-19T15:05:00Z

    These unvarnished five-string violins and violas are built by a Chinese maker using flamed maple and seasoned spruce. They feature extra-wide necks, extended pegboxes and adjusted bass-bars, and most have one-piece backs. Both designs are based on Stradivari models and include ebony fingerboards, nuts and saddles. ...

  • Ciresa Fiemme 1
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    Saving Stradivari's forests: effort to harvest precious tonewoods felled in storms

    2018-12-13T12:49:00Z

    A factory in the Fiemme valley has launched a crowdfunding effort to enable it to quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates

  • Rocca 1850 crop
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    In focus: 1850 violin by Giuseppe Rocca

    2018-12-12T11:50:00Z

    John Dilworth examines a violin from the height of Rocca’s powers, after he left the Pressenda workshop to strike out on his own. From the January 2011 issue of The Strad

  • Schilbach Superior Blanc Violin
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    Master stroke: Schilbach varnishing brush

    2018-12-07T15:04:00Z

    The tapered and split synthetic fibres of this brush are designed to absorb a large volume of oil or spirit varnish, to enable its controlled and uniform application. It has an untreated hornbeam wood handle and solvent-resistant plastic ferrule, eliminating the risk of staining to the ...

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    All kitted out: violin accessory set

    2018-12-06T11:39:00Z

    Manufactured in India to Italian designs, these accessory sets comprise four heart-shaped pegs, a decorative end-button, a Guarneri-style chinrest with Hill-style clamps and a Hill-style tailpiece. They are available in ebony and rosewood with a black trim to the tailpiece and black pin collars and pegs, and in boxwood trimmed ...