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    William Watson, bow maker: 1930-2018

    The Hill’s trained bow maker made a vital contribution to the trade during a long career, writes John Milnes

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    The most exotic violin woods

    California-based electric violin maker John Jordan introduces us to some of his most exotic woods, ranging from the pricey Tasmanian tiger rose myrtle to the Swamp Kauri, which is dug up from bogs in New Zealand and is certified to be a minimum of 30000 years old.

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    Newark's collaborative making competition reveals winners

    The School of Violin Making’s ‘Hope’ competition will see four violins and two guitars sold in aid of a charity providing refugees with tools to restart their trades

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    In focus: the 'Sachs' Stradivari of c.1666

    John Dilworth takes a close look at one of the very earliest violins attributable to Stradivari

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    The thief, his wife and the 'Huberman' Strad

    The ‘Gibson, Huberman’ Stradivari now owned by Joshua Bell has a history worthy of a blockbuster thriller. Stolen twice in the 20th century, the second time it remained undiscovered for nearly 50 years despite being played in public regularly by its thief. In this article from January 1998, Carla Shapreau ...

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    In focus: 1751 violin by G.B. Guadagnini

    One of two by the maker owned by Adolph Brodsky, it has a good claim to being the one on which he premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto, writes Stewart Pollens

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Making a cello from carbon


In this video Tim Duerinck demonstrates how to make a cello from carbon by hand. The music to the video is also performed on the carbon cello. To read his article investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making click here.

How to get a crisp sound

How to get a crisp sound out of your instrument


In this video luthier Jacob von der Lippe shares one of the lesser-known tricks of the trade. And there’s more where this came from:

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The 'Four Circles' system of violin making


Luthier Kevin Kelly explains his ‘Four Circles’ system for instrument design, adaptable to violins, violas and cellos

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Plane and simple: steel bow planes


Taking inspiration from the design of traditional French bow-making tools, these bow planes are constructed from machine-tooled steel that has been ground and flash-chromed for additional durability. The blades are custom-made by Hock tools and are also available separately.

Luca Ruggiero - Spreading varnish with the fingers

Luca Ruggiero: Spreading varnish with the fingers


The Italian luthier demonstrates his personal technique for applying varnish on a finished instrument


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.


Why musicians should appeal against the ivory act


Benjamin Hebbert on the ethical tightrope of campaigning for exemptions to the Ivory Act while supporting its aim to put a stop to the slaughter of elephants

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In focus: c.1737 cello by G.F. Celoniato


From a Turinese maker with a relatively short but successful career, from which only a handful of instruments survive, comes this elegant cello. Article by Simon Morris

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Frank Peter Zimmermann talks violins


In this video, Frank Peter Zimmermann describes what it means to have a long-term relationship with your instrument, and how you know which violin is right for you.

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Rostropovich's record-breaking Guadagnini on loan to Torleif Thedéen


Norwegian musical instrument foundation bought the cello for nearly £2m from an auction of the great Russian’s collection

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In focus: the 1706 'Brott-Turner/Schumacher' Tecchler cello


Tom Wilder examines an instrument in an excellent state of preservation by the foremost maker of the Roman school. From the September 2014 issue of The Strad

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In focus: 1850 violin by Giuseppe Rocca


John Dilworth examines a violin from the height of Rocca’s powers, after he left the Pressenda workshop to strike out on his own. From the January 2011 issue of The Strad