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The Strad’s March 2016 issue is on sale now, in which Christopher Germain investigates the 'OBIE 1' project - a violin based on an original model, constructed by 60 luthiers at last summer's VSA/Oberlin Violin Makers Workshop.
Elsewhere in the issue, the members of the Heath Quartet discuss their new disc of complete Tippett string quartets with Oliver Soden; Pauline Harding talks to top international string players about the importance of breathing, speaking and singing through every phrase; and Christoph Landon compares two of 17th-century Italian maker Antonio Casini's finest cellos.
In our regular sections: the new Masterclass series continues with violinist James Ehnes, who marks up the sheet music for Beethoven's Violin Sonata no.5, 'Spring'; In Focus gives a close-up view of a c.1718 violin by Daniel Parker; Mathijs Heyligers shares his methods for making Baroque accessories in Trade Secrets; Swedish luthier Peter Westerlundinvites us into his workshop in My Space; cellist Karine Georgian discusses thumb position in Technique; UK violist Rosalind Ventris takes us through her Practice Diary; three tutors discuss how a late starter can progress beyond passing exams in Ask the Experts; and cellist David Geringas talks about Bach's Cello Suite no.1 in Sentimental Work.
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