Accessories – Page 3

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    Which cello strings? Steven Isserlis, Alisa Weilerstein and others tell us what their choices are and why

    2017-11-22T12:52:00Z

    Finding the ideal combination of strings is a process that can take a lifetime. Here, some of the world’s leading cellists – and two up-and-coming chamber musicians on the competition circuit – discuss their choices

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    Which shoulder rest to buy, from $25 to $1,100

    2017-11-17T15:02:00Z

    In recent years manufacturers have come up with new shoulder rest designs and materials, and new dependable models have appeared both at the low end of the market and at the very highest. Femke Colborne talks to the makers with an eye on improvement, and to those who feel they ...

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    Making a carbon fibre bow in 10 steps – photo story

    2017-11-15T16:44:00Z

    Founded in 1999, Arcus has developed a reputation for making lightweight, durable bows from non-traditional materials. Company director Bernd Müsing explains how a composite bow is made, from initial design to first hair fitting

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    Advances in string manufacture: the latest developments

    2017-11-09T16:32:00Z

    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

    2017-11-07T16:15:00Z

    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

    2017-10-31T12:02:00Z

    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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    9 thoughts about playing on gut strings

    2017-10-05T12:26:00Z

    We delve into The Strad archive for advice and opinion on using natural gut strings

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    Case for the defence: latest developments in violin case manufacturing

    2017-10-04T12:20:00Z

    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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    Blogs

    Video: listen to a violin strung with human hair

    2015-07-31T00:00:00Z

    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

    2015-05-27T00:00:00Z

    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

    2015-02-28T00:00:00Z

    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

    2015-02-13T00:00:00Z

    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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    Article

    5 solutions to slipping violin pegs

    2015-01-12T00:00:00Z

    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

    2014-10-15T00:00:00Z

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