In our February 2009 issue, Sam Zygmuntowicz examines one of Stradivari's finest golden period instruments, using both traditional and high-tech methods
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The ‘Titian’ Stradivari of 1715 has long been counted among its maker’s finest golden-period violins. In the hands of soloist Cho-Liang Lin, its current player, it has revealed itself to be a formidable concert instrument of unusual power and scope, remarkable for its focus and resilience under the bow.
As a caretaker of this violin, I have a dual role as conservator and pit-stop mechanic. As a violin copyist, I want to take measurements and details from this extremely successful example. And as a maker who wants to move forward, I want to understand the violin’s underlying functions, and to use those variables with greater freedom and confidence.
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