All Accessories articles – Page 10

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    Advances in string manufacture: the latest developments


    There are hundreds of strings available on the market already, and new releases seem never ending. But just why are these developments happening, how necessary are they, and how are musicians involved in that process? Pauline Harding asks string manufacturers and testers worldwide

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    Protection and portability: five of our favourite violin cases reviewed


    The number of instrument cases available can make finding your perfect partner a daunting process. Charlotte Smith takes five cases by leading manufacturers BAM, For-Tune, Gewa, Musafia and Negri on the road to test security, mobility and the range of features available

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    Sticky stuff: how rosin is made and how to choose the right one for your needs


    As string players we all use rosin, but how many of us understand its properties well enough to choose the type that’s right for us? Laurinel Owen investigates

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    Case for the defence: latest developments in violin case manufacturing


    As the protective features of violin cases grow ever more sophisticated, Tom Stewart looks at how the latest innovations stack up against more classic technology

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    Video: listen to a violin strung with human hair


    Artist Tadas Maksimovas was struck with the idea of using his own hair to replace traditional violin strings - while still attached to his head - as part of Street Musicians' Day in Lithuania last year. The hair was divided into sections by stylist Ieva SereikytÄ— and applied ...

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    Student creates 3D-printed violin bow


    Following hot on the heels of recent experiments by Monad Studios to create a 3D-printed violin and a 3D-printed cello , a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the US has created a 3D-printed violin bow. Austin Peppel is interested in recreating the sound ...

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    Ealing Strings director Alan Mann dies aged 71


    Alan Mann, co-founder of Ealing Strings music shop in London, has died aged 71. For more than four decades he attended to the instruments of string players from around the globe; regular customers based in the British capital included Gyorgy Pauk, Robert Smissen, Paul Silverthorne and Thomas Gould. ...

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    Finding the right chin rest and shoulder rest


    Your violin set-up needs to fit you, not the other way round, says late starter Lawrence Proulx, whose painful playing position sent him in search of a custom chin rest and shoulder rest

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    5 solutions to slipping violin pegs


    Online piano and violin tutor Alison Sparrow demonstrates five ways to prevent slipping violin pegs. Subscribe  to The Strad or download  our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here .

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    Violin cases: security and splendour


    In Accessories 2014 we track the evolution of the violin case through some of the more impresisvely built and decorated examples