Accessories – Page 2

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    Stringtelligence by Thomastik-Infeld: dealing with corrosion and perspiration

    2019-03-20T16:30:00Z Sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld

    In the first of a new blog series for The Strad celebrating Thomastik-Infeld’s 100th anniversary, the Austrian string manufacturer’s director of engineering and technology, Franz Klanner, gives his recommendations for players who find their strings corroding too quickly

  • Stikato
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    New music stand designed to improve posture

    2019-01-21T12:09:00Z

    Violinist designer says Stikato can be positioned at the perfect practice height, then easily stowed in an instrument case

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    Plane and simple: steel bow planes

    2019-01-11T12:08:00Z

    Taking inspiration from the design of traditional French bow-making tools, these bow planes are constructed from machine-tooled steel that has been ground and flash-chromed for additional durability. The blades are custom-made by Hock tools and are also available separately. Triangle Strings bow plane from $160, ...

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    Integrated instrument and music stand

    2019-01-11T12:01:00Z

    This modern, height-adjustable instrument stand with integrated lectern is available in walnut, maple or cherrywood. The violin/viola model suspends the instrument from a leather strap, while the cello model rests it on a shelf below. Both versions include a bow hanger. Jolly Stand instrument and music ...

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    Natural energy: Gewa Novita 3.0

    2019-01-11T11:47:00Z

    An innovative electric instrument using traditional materials

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    Blank canvas: unvarnished 5-string instruments

    2018-12-19T15:05:00Z

    These unvarnished five-string violins and violas are built by a Chinese maker using flamed maple and seasoned spruce. They feature extra-wide necks, extended pegboxes and adjusted bass-bars, and most have one-piece backs. Both designs are based on Stradivari models and include ebony fingerboards, nuts and saddles. ...

  • Schilbach Superior Blanc Violin
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    Master stroke: Schilbach varnishing brush

    2018-12-07T15:04:00Z

    The tapered and split synthetic fibres of this brush are designed to absorb a large volume of oil or spirit varnish, to enable its controlled and uniform application. It has an untreated hornbeam wood handle and solvent-resistant plastic ferrule, eliminating the risk of staining to the ...

  • Musafia
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    Travelling light: Musafia Lievissima Evolution case

    2018-12-07T10:53:00Z

    A high-specification case that makes easy work of instrument transport

  • Arc Rest
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    Arc Rest: support without elevation

    2018-12-06T11:44:00Z

    A cellular foam pad attached to a piece of lightweight balsa wood, the Arc shoulder rest for violin and viola is held in place using a durable silicone band that minimises its contact with the instrument. The rest weighs just 11 grams and is designed to ...

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    All kitted out: violin accessory set

    2018-12-06T11:39:00Z

    Manufactured in India to Italian designs, these accessory sets comprise four heart-shaped pegs, a decorative end-button, a Guarneri-style chinrest with Hill-style clamps and a Hill-style tailpiece. They are available in ebony and rosewood with a black trim to the tailpiece and black pin collars and pegs, and in boxwood trimmed ...

  • Schilbach Kevlar tailgut
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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 ...

  • Pinky Hold
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    Pinky promise: the Pinky Hold bowing aid

    2018-12-06T11:23:00Z

    By helping to anchor a student’s little finger in place on the heel of their bow, the Pinky Hold is designed to avoid stiffness and encourage the development of muscle memory. Made of soft, hypoallergenic silicone and available in a range of colours, it weighs 3g ...

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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 ...

  • Warchal Timbre violin strings
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    Core values: Warchal Timbre violin strings

    2018-12-06T11:06:00Z

    A new answer to an old problem – and novel packaging too Developing a string with the warmth of gut, the stability of synthetics and the projection of steel has long preoccupied engineers faced with the complex demands of 21st-century musicians. As Warchal founder Bohdan Warchal ...

  • Cellobrett
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    Firmly grounded: the Cellobrett endpin anchor

    2018-12-06T10:49:00Z

    The Cellobrett has been designed to offer the security of a cord-fixed endpin stopper with the flexibility of one adhered to the ground. According to the manufacturer, the polyoxymethylene plastic body neither squeaks nor ‘rings’, will not slip against any floor surface and is suitable for straight ...

  • Jameasy
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    Stay Tuned: the Jameasy bluetooth practice device

    2018-12-06T10:43:00Z

    Clipped to the scroll of the violin, the Jameasy device monitors intonation and rhythm and displays its findings via a smartphone or tablet connected with Bluetooth. Hundreds of pieces at numerous levels are available from the Jameasy music library, with detailed visual feedback given for accuracy of ...

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    Hot off the press: A violin to download and print out

    2018-12-06T10:23:00Z

    In 2014 David Perry created the F-F-Fiddle, an electric violin for which anyone (in theory) could download the ‘parts’ and ‘print’ them out on their 3D printer. Building on subsequent technological advances, Perry has now designed the Modular Fiddle, a 3D-printed acoustic violin with parts – or ...

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    Do different rosin brands actually perform differently? We put 7 to the test

    2018-08-22T16:01:00Z

    The Strad’s editor Charlotte Smith and contributing editor Pauline Harding put seven rosins to the test and discover a world of difference between brand and type

  • Primavera Shaped Violin Case
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    Primavera: Lightweight entry-level violin case

    2018-08-01T15:05:00Z

    This lightweight, entry-level case for violin or viola features a Styrofoam shell designed to provide thermal insulation and protection against damage from accidental impacts. The case, available in a shaped model weighing 1.05kg and an oblong version weighing 1.61kg, includes a full-length music pocket, a stitched handle, ...

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    The Tonara teaching and practice app

    2018-08-01T14:50:00Z

    Using artificial intelligence to help make practice more useful and rewarding