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

2018-08-22T16:01:00+01:00

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

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Pickup or microphone? Choosing what's right for your bowed string instrument

2018-07-10T14:38:00+01:00

With such a variety of electronic pickups, microphones and now hybrid systems on the market, finding the perfect amplification solution isn’t always easy. Kimon Daltas considers the options

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June

You are just there once, and maybe you will never be invited back, so you have to give it your best all the time – to everybody’
Bomsori discusses graduating from the competition circuit to become an international soloist.

12 Ensemble How a London-based string group has forged an unconventional route to recognition.

There are some pieces that stay with you for life, and others you never want to play again’
Jennifer Koh
gives a Masterclass on Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher.

We explore Cuban-born violinist Joseph White`s 1875 tour to the US, where he became the first black soloist to perform with the New York Philharmonic.

Gennady Filimonov investigates the , Knopf family of bow makers – a dynasty spanning 150 years.

Luigi Sisto examines how Vincenzo Postiglione, the most important Neopolitan luthier of the late 19th century, brought a personal touch to his copying.

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    Making a carbon fibre bow in 10 steps – photo story

    2017-11-15T16:44:00+00:00

    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

    2017-11-09T16:32:00+00:00

    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

    2017-11-07T16:15:00+00:00

    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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