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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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Andrew Dipper takes a close look at the 1693 Antonio Stradivari 'Harrison' violin, a prime example of the master luthier’s ‘Long Pattern’ that used to be the principal performing instrument of Kyung Wha Chung.

The Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl tells Amanda Holloway about his world-premiere recording of Jan Kubelík’s First Concerto – and why he chooses to play a blue violin.

Thomas Eisner of the London Philharmonic Orchestra reveals what went on when he joined the orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival this past summer.

Born 275 years ago François Xavier Tourte, displayed his creativity in every bow he crafted. Paul Childs compares and contrasts two examples from his late period.

Peter Quantrill talks to cellist Pablo Ferrández about his collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter on a recording of Brahms and Clara Schumann.

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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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