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The most common types of violin makers, ep.2

2018-08-01T15:53:00+01:00

Oslo based violin maker Jacob von der Lippe’s second compilation of violin maker types, from accident prone to always dusty.

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New materials: Comparing violin tops made from various composites

2018-07-12T11:21:00+01:00

Tim Duerinck reports on a research project investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making, while describing the surprisingly simple methods luthiers could use to create their own

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Makers reveal their favourite technical solutions to common lutherie problems

2018-06-29T14:30:00+01:00

Although new items for luthiers are always appearing on the market, violin making involves many tasks for which there is no perfect tool. Here, six makers describe the devices they’ve created for themselves

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Analysing the surprisingly complex geometry of the fingerboard

2018-06-14T14:20:00+01:00

M.J. Kwan discovers how luthiers prefer to tackle the many questions of curvature and ‘scoop’ involved in creating a violin fingerboard

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Cremona Triennale: the Olympics of violin making

2018-06-12T12:08:00+01:00

Virginia Villa, director of Museo del Violino, previews the 15th edition of Cremona’s Triennale competition, which begins in September. Photos from the 2015 edition

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Titanium: the perfect material for instrument fittings?

2018-06-07T11:55:00+01:00

Tough and light, titanium is thought to be the leading material for stringed instrument adjusters and fixtures, but does the metal have acoustic benefits too? Peter Somerford investigates

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In focus: the 1744 'de Bériot' Guarneri 'del Gesù'

2018-07-23T14:39:00+01:00

In this article from July 2015, David Rattray takes a look at a highly refined instrument that kicks against the constraints of conformity

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In focus: the 1686 'Helvetica' Stradivari

2018-07-16T11:27:00+01:00

In this article from the December 2015 issue, David Bonsey takes a look at a violin from early in its maker’s career, but already a few steps along a crucial design evolution

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Experimental 1872 cello played by Raphaël Pidoux

2018-07-12T14:02:00+01:00

In this video from the Musée de la musique at the Philharmonie de Paris, Raphaël Pidoux plays an experimental cello made by luthier Thomas Zach in 1872.

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In focus: cello by Giovanni Grancino, 1693

2018-07-09T12:19:00+01:00

In this article from the January 2006 issue of The Strad, Ed Keohane studies a cello which had just been sold at Sotheby’s for nearly £210,000. Photographs by Richard Valencia

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The Strad poster: the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri

2018-07-03T15:29:00+01:00

Additional measurements including weights and densities of the top and back plates

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In focus: The ‘Carrodus’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’

2018-07-02T12:53:00+01:00

In this article from the April 2007 issue, John Dilworth takes a close look at a violin made when ‘del Gesù’ was at his most imaginative and creative