This week on her video journey, Nicola Benedetti is talking all things equipment: strings, shoulder rests, chin rests, her bow, her beautiful pegs and the violin itself. She also gives us a glimpse inside her violin case.

She says, ‘Equipment is something that I have certainly obsessed over a lot in the past and as much as I advocate for methodical and thorough experimentation with bows, chin rests, shoulder rests, strings etc. in order to find the combination that works best for you, I have also come to realise that at some point, you just have to let it all go and focus as much as possible on your physical and mental well-being in your practice. Try to be intelligent, be logical, but don’t fixate on it.’