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  • ViolinCase
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    Products October 2020: Lion carbon-fibre violin cases

    2020-09-20T12:13:00Z

    Bright and light

  • Pigment
  • LarsenStrings
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    Products October 2020: Larsen ‘Il Cannone’ cello strings

    2020-09-20T10:04:00Z

    Harnessing the firepower of a legendary instrument

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    Sitting Pretty: Chairs for Musicians

    2020-09-16T09:00:00Z

    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

  • Schilbach
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    Products September 2020: Float file

    2020-08-11T12:36:00Z

    German manufacturer Schilbach describes the float, or dovetail file, as an ‘almost forgotten tool for preparing the dovetail in the frog, for the pearl slide or for preparing the bow side of bass frogs’. Their updated version is made from fine-grained tool steel that has been gas-nitrided ...

  • Fragrance
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    Products September 2020: Fragrance

    2020-08-11T11:22:00Z

    Cremona-based luthier Abraham Díaz Romero has formulated the 704 Cremonensis eau de parfum from a blend of oils including elemi, juniper, sandalwood and bergamot to recreate the olfactory sensation of entering a luthier’s workshop. The fragrance, which according to Díaz Romero ‘is as precious and exciting as ...

  • MachOne
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    Products September 2020: Mach One shoulder rest

    2020-08-11T10:14:00Z

    A new addition to an established line of shoulder rests designed to offer more players a perfect fit

  • Facemask
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    Products August 2020: Face mask

    2020-07-14T12:43:00Z

    The coronavirus pandemic has put something of a dampener on the celebrations planned worldwide to mark 250 years since the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. While it won’t quite live up to the thrill of listening to (or playing in) a live performance of his music, this ...

  • Glue
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    Products August 2020: Glue pot

    2020-07-14T11:39:00Z

    This 1fl oz pot for heat-sensitive hide glue is a replica of an 1870s model by Landers, Frary Clark. It retains the decorative sunburst design of the original, but is made from stainless steel instead of cast iron. According to the manufacturer, water between the ...

  • Perpetual
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    Products August 2020: Pirastro Perpetual cello strings

    2020-07-14T10:33:00Z

    New warm and weighty choices for cellists 

  • Protector
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    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