Accessories

  • Protector
    Article

    Products July 2020: Instrument protector

    2020-06-16T12:37:00Z

    Hand-stitched under what the maker calls ‘sustainable, socio-economically fair conditions’, these fabric ‘cocoons’ are designed to offer an additional protective layer inside the case and keep the instrument free from dust. They are available in various fabrics, from patterned kimono silks to vintage cotton brocade, and to ...

  • BridgeHolder
    Article

    Products July 2020: Bridge clamp

    2020-06-16T11:34:00Z

    A bass bridge’s large size and numerous edges and corners can make working on one an uncomfortable business. This tool is designed to hold the bridge in place, reducing pressure on the maker’s hands and freeing them up for tasks such as fitting the bridge feet. According ...

  • BamCase
    Article

    Products July 2020: BAM violin case

    2020-06-16T10:29:00Z

    A range of matching bags and instrument cases that aims to offer a unified look to image-conscious players

  • PortableCase
    Article

    Products June 2020: Violin case

    2020-05-21T13:12:00Z

    By housing the bow in a separate case, German manufacturer Masuratini’s violin cases are designed to offer players a better chance of flying with their instrument as cabin baggage. The handmade ABS-shell cases (without bow) measure from 63 x 25 x 13cm and are available in a ...

  • StudentFiddles
    Article

    Products June 2020: Student violin

    2020-05-21T12:09:00Z

    Yamaha’s YVN Model 3 student violin outfit is now available in 1/2 and 3/4 sizes. With a ‘press-formed’ spruce top that uses less wood than some traditional factory-made violins, the instrument is designed to offer some of the tonal warmth of a carved instrument with additional durability ...

  • DigitalMapping
    Article

    Products June 2020: Digital mapping system

    2020-05-21T11:03:00Z

    Bridging the gap between acoustic instruments and digital sound design

  • Assortment
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    Shoulder Rests: The Ideal Fit

    2020-05-20T16:00:00Z

    Freelance violists Edmund Riddle and Kathi Von Colson join The Strad ’s editor Charlotte Smith and contributing editor Pauline Harding to test a range of shoulder rests – and discover enormous differences in weight, balance and comfort

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    Nature’s Way: Picture Story

    2020-05-20T15:46:00Z

    Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin founder Andrew Baker describes the process of hand making his products, which can be tailored to meet the requirements of individual players

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    Sitting Pretty: Chairs for Musicians

    2020-05-20T15:17:00Z

    Musicians take great time and care to find the best instrument accessories, but rarely give the same consideration to the ideal chair. Anyone who cares about their posture, comfort and health would do well to pay more attention, writes Harry White

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    Unvarnished Instruments: Team Building

    2020-05-20T15:10:00Z

    For luthiers, finely sourced white instruments may well be the perfect accessory – offering the double opportunity for varnishing practice and to sell less expensive models to students and those with shallower pockets. But, writes Peter Somerford, the issues of provenance and labelling are of utmost importance when marketing such ...

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    String Recycling: New Life from Old Strings

    2020-05-20T15:02:00Z

    The structure and shape of strings make them difficult and costly to recycle. But that hasn’t stopped some manufacturers from tackling the challenge, and even extracting metal from old strings to use in new ones, writes Tom Stewart

  • PolycordeBow
    Article

    Products May 2020: Polycorde bow

    2020-04-18T12:55:00Z

    A shape-shifting bow designed to change what a violin can do

  • Endpin
    Article

    Products May 2020: Durod cello endpin

    2020-04-18T12:04:00Z

    South Korean maker Durod claim their carbon-fibre cello endpins improve the response time of the instrument and help players create a focused, rich and clear sound. They are available in lengths of 520mm and 600mm, with the option to include a hollow or solid brass core. ...

  • HeifetzStrings
    Article

    Products May 2020: Meisel Jascha Heifetz violin strings

    2020-04-18T12:00:00Z

    Described by the maker as an ‘exact copy’ of those used by Jascha Heifetz himself, these violin strings have been licensed by the Heifetz estate. The set comprises a Goldbrokat E string, uncovered gut A and D strings, and a gut G string wound in sterling silver. ...

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    Article

    New Product: April 2020

    2020-03-03T16:38:00Z

    UP, UP AND AWAY At just 65cm long – 15cm shorter than Musafia’s standard models – this violin case is among the smallest on the market and has been designed with air travel in mind. It features the maker’s standard 6-ply wood-laminate shell and waterproof Codura outer layer, and ...

  • Featured product
    Article

    Featured product: April 2020

    2020-03-03T16:33:00Z

    Poldauer shoulder rest 

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    Article

    New Products: March 2020

    2020-02-18T11:14:00Z

    Dolfinos chin and shoulder rest system; Yamaha SLB300SK Silent Bass; Bam Supreme polycarbonate violin case

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    Article

    New Products: February 2020

    2020-01-22T14:50:00Z

    PSET pneumatic positioners; Da Capo music theory game; Kun colour collapsoble shoulder rest

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    Article

    New Products: January 2020

    2019-12-17T12:51:00Z

    Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin double bass rosin; Optima Gut Klang violin strings set; International Violoin flexible LED strip

  • Double bass
    Blogs

    Stringtelligence by Thomastik-Infeld - Double bass strings

    2019-12-13T14:05:00Z Sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld

    In the latest instalment of his monthly blog, Franz Klanner, director of engineering and technology at Thomastik-Infeld, discusses double bass strings