Accessories

  • Cello gard foldable
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    New Products: December 2019

    2019-10-29T15:15:00Z

    Stradpet titanium tailpiece; Cello Gard foldable cello stand; Musafia case caddy 

  • Carbon-Klang
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    New Products: November 2019

    2019-10-15T19:03:00Z

    Carbon-Klang ‘Elena’ hybrid violin; D’Addario Kaplan; Schilbach parallel micro-clamp

  • Tailpiece11
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    Ask the Experts: choosing a new violin tailpiece

    2019-10-03T12:00:00Z

    A violinist asks what he should consider when choosing a new tailpiece – from the material used to the weight and shape

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    New Products: October 2019

    2019-09-17T18:24:00Z

    Ready for boarding An instrument with a detachable neck to make air travel easier Readers of The Strad will be no strangers to the perennial risks associated with flying with stringed instruments. Barely a week goes by without another story of a passenger denied boarding ...

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    New Products: September 2019

    2019-08-13T19:57:00Z

    Core values Strings designed from the inside out to offer bassists maximum flexibility The initial idea was to make a special pizzicato string,’ explains Adrian Müller, technical director of German string maker Pirastro. ‘After a year of experimenting with different cores, we found that we ...

  • Electric violin test
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    The Strad guide to the best handmade electric violins

    2019-07-22T14:11:00Z

    For maximum thrills, it’s hard to beat an electric violin at full throttle. There are many factory models, but here Christian Garrick test-drives some of the most innovative handmade instruments available today

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    New Products: August 2019

    2019-07-17T00:15:00Z

    On the back foot Improving the ergonomics of bass playing Sitting on a stool, most bassists will rest the instrument against the right leg, with the right foot on the floor and the left on the foot rest. ‘It puts your back in an ...

  • Wilhelm Geigenbau - Sonowood
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    Overcoming our addiction to tropical hardwoods: the latest alternatives

    2019-06-13T11:14:00Z

    As ebony and rosewood become endangered, the likes of spruce, maple and boxwood are being scientifically modified to offer luthiers alternatives. Tom Stewart explores the brave new world of sustainable fittings

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    New Products: July 2019

    2019-06-01T19:12:00Z

    Turning heads The past few years have seen an explosion in the number of musicians who, instead of using traditional paper parts, play from a digital file displayed on a tablet computer. Now, a team of audio engineers from the University of Jaén in the Spanish ...

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    New Products: June 2019

    2019-05-07T13:03:00Z

    Straight to the point Can changes to an overlooked part of the cello anatomy help improve your sound? Matt Schiebold, founder of Cube Acoustics, and cellist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, US, set out to create an endpin that matched the rest of ...

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    Resonanzio resonance podium for double bass

    2019-05-03T09:26:00Z

    Turning everyday practicality to musicians’ acoustic advantage 

  • Travel Bass
    Article

    Less space, more bass: the Travel Bass

    2019-04-11T10:50:00Z

    An answer to the logistical hassle of double-bass playing

  • 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 ...