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  • Antoine Nédélec
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    9 views on antiquing a modern violin

    2019-05-22T16:00:00Z

    Tips and opinions from The Strad's archive on capturing a classic look in new instruments – or not

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    PBS NewsHour segment on Italian spruce tonewood forests

    2019-05-15T15:58:00Z

    Severe storms last year tore down vast swathes of spruce forest in the Italian Alps, including in the Fiemme valley where conditions favour growth suitable for tonewood. As The Strad has reported , efforts have been ongoing to process trees suitable for tonewood before they begin to deteriorate. ...

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    Gallery: A violin made out of shredded money

    2019-05-03T16:35:00Z

    ‘The Value of a Violin’ is on exhibition at the Design Museum Ghent during the Queen Elisabeth competition

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    New violin design to be demonstrated in Lisbon on 11 April

    2019-04-05T14:43:00Z

    The ‘Santa Cecilia’ violin is being unveiled at the Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

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    What do the new UK ivory regulations mean for bows?

    2019-04-03T12:19:00Z

    A new UK requirement to register all ivory-tipped bows will affect music shops, auction houses and the musicians themselves. Peter Somerford examines what the implications are for the industry

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    The Cello Maker: Robin Aitchison

    2019-03-27T16:20:00Z

    The Academy of Ancient Music has produced this film exploring the craft of cello maker Robin Aitchison, focusing on his copies of instruments by Stradivari, Montagnana and Guadagnini. The film is the first in a series called Breaking Down Baroque to be released by the Academy of Ancient Music ...

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    Stradivari's forests: ongoing effort to salvage tonewood trees felled by storms

    2019-03-08T13:38:00Z

    A factory in the Fiemme valley is asking luthiers and the public to buy IOUs so it can quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates

  • Schwarze
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    Making fine violins out of fungus-treated wood

    2019-03-05T11:04:00Z

    In this video we hear from the researcher Francis Schwarze, who, together with a Swiss violin maker has treated wood used for instrument making with Physisporinus vitreus, a white-rot fungus that attacks and destroys certain structures in spruce, in order to build violins that sound as fine as antique masterpieces. ...

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    Is it a real Stradivarius? How to check the authenticity and value of a violin

    2019-02-20T15:00:00Z

    A reader has inherited an old Italian violin, in this case a Landolfi. In fact, finding a violin in a grandparent’s attic is some people’s first introduction to the stringed-instrument world. What’s the next step regarding authentication?

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    In the workshop with luthier Noémie Viaud

    2019-02-20T12:08:00Z

    Violin maker Noémie Viaud in her workshop in Denmark, filmed by Nikolaj Lund. Viaud is featured in the Strad’s February 2019 ‘My Space’ column, discussing her workshop and career to date: ‘I’ve been based in Denmark for the past twelve years. I’m originally from France and learnt violin making ...