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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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‘‘I'm not saying that I wouldn't ever listen to a performance of Bach on steel strings – I would, and I might enjoy it – but, for me, it has to be gut’
UK cellist Steven Isserlis discusses his new Bach companion and recording an album of solo works by British composers.

‘The Greek cross on the label evokes the lutherie traditions of Cremona’
Examining Guadagnini's 1773 'Cozio' viola from the start of the maker's Turin period.

''When the legs are free to move as we play, the stability and strength of the back is enhanced, also allowing better poise of the head on the neck''
Going down different Alexander technique 'pathways' can help all kinds of string players.

''There's always a direct line from the audience to us, and there's nowhere to hide'' Alexander Gilman, artistic director of the LGT Young Soloists on the group's new recording of Philip Glass.

If Stradivari had used different wood for his 1715 'Titian' violin what difference would it make to the sound?

''If you've got the energy and a few good ideas, this is the moment when you can get noticed'' Opportunities for young musicians in a post-Covid world .

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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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