Lutherie

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    Firmly fastened: the Schilbach Kevlar tailgut

    2018-12-06T11:32:00Z

    Using military-grade materials to improve set-up stability Kevlar is familiar to most people as a material used inside bulletproof vests. According to German manufacturer Schilbach, however, this strength also makes Kevlar a useful component in the tailgut that fastens an instrument’s tailpiece to the button at ...

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    A cut above: Lee Valley stainless steel pocket plane

    2018-12-06T11:17:00Z

    To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Canadian woodworking firm Lee Valley has produced a limited-edition version of its pocket plane in corrosion-resistant stainless steel and with a nickel-plated lever cap. The plane measures approximately 115mm by 30mm and weighs 285g; its blade measures 22mm across and is ...

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    In focus: 1764 violin by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli

    2018-12-05T13:09:00Z

    In this article from the February 2009 issue, Gabriele Rossi Rognoni examines an instrument by probably the most prominent Florentine maker, about whom very little information survives. Photographs by Marco Rabatti, Serge Domingie

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    The 'Four Circles' approach to violin making

    2018-12-01T00:01:00Z

    In the January 2019 issue of The Strad, luthier Kevin Kelly describes his geometrical method for violin design. This video is intended to provide a visual accompaniment to the article. ’In the past, there must have been a system of design that makers could easily understand and follow, with ...

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    Photographing a Stradivarius

    2018-11-29T13:17:00Z

    In this video from 2013, still life photographer Søren Jonesen photographs the 1714 ‘Yoldi-Moldenhauer’ Stradivari. The photoshoot was organised by Danish high-end digital photography company Phase One working with Andy Lim of Darling Publications, which printed a monograph featuring the photos and history of the instrument. The concept was ...

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    In focus: The ‘Wieniawski’ Stradivarius of 1719

    2018-11-28T12:38:00Z

    In this article from the May 2009 issue, Florian Leonhard takes a close look at a violin which ’encapsulates everything that made Antonio Stradivari such a legendary figure’. Photographs by Richard Valencia

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    Die Seele der Geige: documentary featuring Frank Peter Zimmermann and luthier Martin Schleske

    2018-11-21T15:47:00Z

    [n.b. no English subtitles. As broadcast on Arte.tv, the film is in German, or click the gear icon to change to French.] This documentary, a coproduction by EuroArts and BR (Bavarian Broadcasting), follows violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in 2016 as he reunites with the ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivari, after a ...

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    The Essence of a Sound: luthier Hans Johannsson at TEDx Reykjavik

    2018-11-16T13:26:00Z

    Icelandic violin maker Hans Johannsson gives a talk exploring ‘a fascinating juxtaposition of an age-old traditional craft on the one hand and the pursuit of science and technology on the other’, filmed at a TEDx event at the Tjarnarbíó theatre in Reykjavik on 4 November. The listing for the ...

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    How many luthiers does it take to make two violins in a week?

    2018-11-14T17:28:00Z

    This video follows the week-long process of making two new violins for the Royal Northern College of Music instrument collection during its Strings Festival in March 2018. Luthiers Kai-Thomas Roth, William Castle, Marc Soubeyran and Tibor Szemmelveisz collaborated on building two violins between 2 and 8 March, one based ...

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    4 tips on using antiquing methods to give an instrument a warm look

    2018-11-12T17:52:00Z

    John Simmers shares his wisdom on finding a balance between antiquing and not antiquing