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    Analysing the 'Titian' Stradivarius violin, 1715


    Sam Zygmuntowicz examines one of Stradivari's finest golden period instruments, using both traditional and high-tech methods

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    From the Archive: a violin by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona, c.1732


    This illustration of a violin by Guarneri del Gesù was published in The Strad, June 1960. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, the most illustrious member of the Guarneri family, had but a brief working life, and unfortunately for posterity, not ...

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    Historical instrument collection of Carlo Alberto Carutti


    Carlo Alberto Carutti's collection of plucked and bowed stringed instruments is currently on display in The Music Rooms at the Museo Civico 'Ala Ponzone' in Cremona. The collection comprises around 50 plucked instruments and a number of violins, violas, kits, hurdy-gurdies and viola d'amore, a selection of which are ...

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    Titanic violin to go on display in two US museums in 2016


    The instrument, thought to have been played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the ship went down, sold for a record sum in 2013

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    Insurance worker convicted of stealing £300,000 viola from a London train


    London Symphony Orchestra principal violist Edward Vanderspar had accidentally left his instrument on the train

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    The rediscovery of the ‘Ames’ Stradivarius


    Last week it was announced that the 1734 ‘Ames’ Stradivarius violin had resurfaced after going missing 35 years ago. Violin maker and restorer Phillip Injeian, who authenticated the instrument (right), explains how the rediscovery came about

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    Roman Totenberg performs Schumann on the 'Ames' Stradivarius


    Violinist Roman Totenberg performs the first movement of Schumann's First Violin Sonata on the 'Ames' Stradivarius with pianist Artur Balsam in a recording from 1976. The 1734 ‘Ames’ Stradivarius, which was stolen from Totenberg in 1980, was recently recovered after 35 years . Subscribe to The Strad ...

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    Stolen 'Ames' Stradivarius violin is recovered after 35 years


    The 1734 'Ames' Stradivarius was taken from the office of violinist Roman Totenberg in 1980

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    From the Archive: a cello by Charles Frank Langonet, London 1920


    This illustration of a cello by Charles Frank Langonet was published in The Strad, April 1961. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: The Langonets have been violin makers since the beginning of the 18th century. The three generations of the branch of the family living ...

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    Success of Stradivarius violin recording leads to sequel


    The 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin, which was sensationally stolen in January 2014 and recovered nine days later, will be the star of a second recording chronicling its history through music. Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has launched a fundraising campaign to make a ...

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    From the Archive: a violin by Tomasso Balestrieri, 1760


    This illustration of a violin by Tomasso Balestrieri was published in The Strad, December 1974. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: Tomasso Balestrieri is one of those makers the quality of whose work varies very considerably, but even his less carefully finished instruments possess tonal ...

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    From the Archive: a viola by Daniel Parker, London, 1714


    This illustration of a viola by Daniel Parker was published in The Strad, December 1973. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: Daniel Parker’s existing instruments are very few in number. It is probable that many have never been identified as his work. Besides being one ...

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    New octobass premiered in Oslo


    A rare, newly built 4-metre high octobass was premiered on the first day of the Only Connect festival in Oslo during June 2015. The instrument was played by Guro Moe, a bassist and composer, and accompanied by the 11-piece chamber orchestra Touchables. The octobass was invented in France ...

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    The world's largest playable violin


    Vogtland Masters from Germany hand crafted the world's largest playable violin in 2010. Seven times larger than a traditional full-size instrument, the violin's pitch is three octaves lower. Three musicians are required to play the instrument - one to perform the left-hand function, and two to draw the ...

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    From the Archive: a violin by Gasparo da Salo, Brescia, late 16th century


    This illustration of a Gasparo da Salo violin was published in The Strad, September 1973. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:Very few violins by Gasparo da Salo (c.1542-1609), the celebrated Brescian maker, whose actual name was Gasparo di Bertolotti – the ‘da Salo’ being derived ...

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    London cab driver steals musician’s violin and viola


    The unlicensed driver sped off with the instruments on the back seat of his vehicle

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    Violin workshop opens in Brussels music museum


    Luthier Thomas Meuwissen embarks on two-year public project to make a quartet

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    Top lots from spring 2015 London stringed instrument sales


    Highlights included a Balestrieri violin, a composite del Gesù violin and the ex-Brodsky Guadagnini

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    Violin theft ring arrested by police in Georgia, USA


    The Violin Society of America issued an alert on its Facebook page this week about three men targeting the Roswell area

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    Carpenter Trio perform on Stradivarius instruments


    The Carpenter Trio - violist David Aaron Carpenter and violinists Sean Avram Carpenter and Lauren Sarah Carpenter - perform Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion on a 1715 Stradivarius viola, the 1727 'Vesuvio' Stradivarius violin and the 1714 'Joachim-Ma' Stradivarius violin. All three instruments are on display in the Museo del ...