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First principles of violin making: Music of the Spheres

2019-07-17T00:03:00+01:00

In an age of little numeracy or literacy, how did luthiers settle on the proportions of stringed instruments, with hardly any variation in their basic design? François Denis shows how the principles of the classical Greeks – notably Pythagoras – informed their thinking

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Ask the Experts: protecting your instrument in hot and humid temperatures

2019-07-16T10:00:00+01:00

Four luthiers and restorers advise a musician on how to care for her instrument during the hot summer months

Carlos Arcieri

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An afternoon with Carlos Arcieri

2019-07-15T15:48:00+01:00

Luthier Carlos Arcieri is seen in his workshop in this short film by Emilio Seri made in 2018.

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Ask the Experts: how to guarantee a violin's resaleability

2019-07-12T15:00:00+01:00

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

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Closer to Nature – a documentary about violin maker Dmitry Badiarov

2019-07-08T17:09:00+01:00

The Russian violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov (based in the Netherlands) developed his love for carving wood after deciding to build his first sailing ship, aged 5.

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Viola Rush: a 3-day collaborative instrument project

2019-06-21T16:06:00+01:00

Earlier this year, Antoine Gourdon put together a team of four luthiers to make a small viola in three days during the Viola 2019 conference in Paris. Here he introduces the project, shares photos and more

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10 unusual violins

2019-06-18T13:28:00+01:00

Ten violins that fly in the face of conformity

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Brian Paul Benning plays a 1997 Viola d’amore

2019-06-17T16:00:00+01:00

Brian Paul Benning - Artist-in-Residence at the 65-year-old family-run business Benning Violins in Los Angeles, California - plays a Viola d’amore crafted by violinmaker Eric Benning in 1997.

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In focus: a 1782 cello by William Forster II

2019-06-01T15:21:00+01:00

Bradley Strauchen-Scherer examines an instrument from Britain’s foremost dynasty of violin and cello makers

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Curiouser and curiouser

2019-06-01T13:36:00+01:00

Was the 1672 ‘Mahler’ the first viola ever made by Antonio Stradivari? As Jonathan Marolle explains, this is just one of the unanswerable questions that arise when studying this fascinating instrument

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In focus: the 1728 'Milanollo' Stradivari

2019-05-31T14:15:00+01:00

Roger Hargrave examines the Stradivari ‘Milanollo’ violin of 1728, one of the few of the master’s instruments to keep its original sharpness

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In focus: the 1696 Stradivari 'Archinto' viola

2019-05-17T12:22:00+01:00

John Dilworth praises the archetypal beauty of Stradivari’s ‘Archinto’ viola, a magical example of form and aesthetic

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