Blank canvas: unvarnished 5-string instruments


These unvarnished five-string violins and violas are built by a Chinese maker using flamed maple and seasoned spruce. They feature extra-wide necks, extended pegboxes and adjusted bass-bars, and most have one-piece backs.

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Saving Stradivari's forests: effort to harvest precious tonewoods felled in storms


A factory in the Fiemme valley has launched a crowdfunding effort to enable it to quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates

Schilbach Superior Blanc Violin

Master stroke: Schilbach varnishing brush


The tapered and split synthetic fibres of this brush are designed to absorb a large volume of oil or spirit varnish, to enable its controlled and uniform application.

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All kitted out: violin accessory set


Manufactured in India to Italian designs, these accessory sets comprise four heart-shaped pegs, a decorative end-button, a Guarneri-style chinrest with Hill-style clamps and a Hill-style tailpiece. They are available in ebony and rosewood with a black trim to the tailpiece and black pin collars and pegs, and in boxwood trimmed ...

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Firmly fastened: the Schilbach Kevlar tailgut


Using military-grade materials to improve set-up stability

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A cut above: Lee Valley stainless steel pocket plane


To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Canadian woodworking firm Lee Valley has produced a limited-edition version of its pocket plane in corrosion-resistant stainless steel and with a nickel-plated lever cap.

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In focus: 1764 violin by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli


In this article from the February 2009 issue, Gabriele Rossi Rognoni examines an instrument by probably the most prominent Florentine maker, about whom very little information survives. Photographs by Marco Rabatti, Serge Domingie


Photographing a Stradivarius


In this video from 2013, still life photographer Søren Jonesen photographs the 1714 ‘Yoldi-Moldenhauer’ Stradivari. The photoshoot was organised by Danish high-end digital photography company Phase One working with Andy Lim of Darling Publications, which printed a monograph featuring the photos and history of the instrument.

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In focus: The ‘Wieniawski’ Stradivarius of 1719


In this article from the May 2009 issue, Florian Leonhard takes a close look at a violin which ’encapsulates everything that made Antonio Stradivari such a legendary figure’. Photographs by Richard Valencia

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In focus: violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, 1891


Sean Bishop examines a violin by the most prolific and finest Neapolitan makers of the second half of the 19th century. From the January 2008 issue. Photographs by Richard Valencia [click ‘+’ to zoom]


The 1707 'Stella' Stradivarius


Our 2019 calendar brings together twelve of the finest instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari, all of which were on display at the Tokyo Stradivarius Festival, where the video below was taken. Text by Alessandra Barabaschi

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House surveys are standard practice, so why not instrument surveys?


With the case of the disgraced violin dealer Dietmar Machold still fresh, in this article from the December 2011 issue Roger Hargrave argued that buyers should insist that dealers provide full condition reports