Lutherie – Page 3

  • Fig.1  Among the oldest views of Monte San Savino, Luigi Cavallini's birthplace. The picture dates back to the end of the nineteenth century.
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    Luigi Cavallini: A maker in the rough

    2022-03-18T11:26:00Z

    Tuscany in the 19th century was home to numerous luthiers, some of whom were carpenters who turned their hands to instrument making. Florian Leonhard examines the career of Luigi Cavallini, a lesser-known self-taught maker whose work, while unusual in parts, displays a surprisingly high level of craftsmanship

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    Game, set and match: quartets of instruments

    2022-03-17T14:21:00Z

    Four instruments from the same tree, varnished from the same pot, played by a single quartet. Is this the way to perfect harmony? Katherine Millett investigates in this article from August 2008

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    My Space: Orest Putsentela, Lviv

    2022-03-11T12:34:00Z

    In March 2018, Orest Pusentela invited us into his workshop in Ukraine’s cultural capital. Now in 2022, he updates The Strad with his current situation in Ukraine

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    'You raise me up': Women in Lutherie

    2022-03-10T10:00:00Z

    An online community founded by and for women in lutherie has grown in leaps and bounds over the past three years. What are the benefits for the female contingent? By Harry White

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    Female luthiers: And justice for all?

    2022-03-07T13:28:00Z

    In light of the #MeToo movement, women from all walks of life have been reporting incidents of sexist behaviour in their workplaces. Is a violin workshop any different? Femke Colborne discusses the question with a range of female luthiers – and gains a grim perspective of the industry

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    Early lutherie experience: The journeyman years

    2022-02-23T09:36:00Z

    The time spent between finishing at violin making school and striking out on your own can be critical to a luthier’s learning experience. Peter Somerford finds out what makers should expect from their first jobs in a workshop – and how they can make the most of their time

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    Cremonese violin moulds: The well harmonised mould

    2022-01-25T23:56:00Z

    The logic governing the structure of Stradivari’s violins remains a mystery. André Theunis and Alexandre Wajnberg take a fresh look at his moulds to find an intriguing system of proportions, utilising the tools and measuring systems of his day

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    Copying the ‘Titian’: A study in scarlet

    2021-12-21T17:50:00Z

    Jesús Alejandro Torres reports on a study by the Violin Making School of Mexico, in which three copies of Stradivari’s ‘Titian’ violin were made using wood of varying densities, to examine their signature modes and player preferences

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    The Venetian double bass: Venetian splendour

    2021-11-17T09:30:00Z

    Many of the great Italian double bass makers lived and worked in the city of Venice. Thomas Martin, George Martin and Martin Lawrence tell the stories of some of the leading names in the trade, with commentary on a number of their instruments 

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    American Master: William Salchow

    2021-11-08T16:09:00Z

    With a career spanning six decades, William Salchow has had a huge influence on bow making in America. In this November 2012 interview conducted by former student Sue Lipkins, Salchow talks about everything from Wurlitzer’s and Mirecourt to creating the perfect head

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    My Space: Sam Zygmuntowicz

    2021-10-29T10:00:00Z

    The luthier’s workshop, based in Brooklyn, New York, is spread across two floors, and includes a ‘salon’ where customers can test their instruments. From May 2015

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    In Focus: Team Player

    2021-10-26T13:26:00Z

    Sam Zygmuntowicz examines the large proportions of this 1796 Mantegazza viola, which give it a powerful sound that makes it ideal for string quartets. From December 2003

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    Making copies: Sounds like a match?

    2021-10-19T17:45:00Z

    If someone makes an exact copy of a Stradivari, will it sound like a Stradivari? Sam Zygmuntowicz attempts to answer the question by making duplicates of the ‘Titian’ and ‘Willemotte’ Strads, as well as the ‘Plowden’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’

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    Recipe for success: Stradivari’s varnish

    2021-09-28T10:35:00Z

    The search for Stradivari’s varnish formula has continued since the 18th century, but there have been few scientific analyses of the varnish itself. Stewart Pollens reveals the results of his recent study of the varnish on five of Stradivari’s instruments, in this feature from May 2009

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    Stradivari’s varnish: a chemical analysis

    2021-09-28T10:15:00Z

    Jean-PhilIppe Echard and Balthazar Soulier reveal the results of their seven-year research into Stradivari’s varnish, using five of the master’s instruments from Paris’s Musée de la Musique. From April 2010

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    The Strad Calendar 2022: Dutch treasures

    2021-09-21T18:02:00Z

    The Strad Calendar 2022 showcases twelve of the finest instruments belonging to the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation. Head of collection Frits Schutte outlines its work, while Hubert de Launay gives a tour of the riches 

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    Optical effects in Lutherie: Reflected Glories

    2021-09-20T17:09:00Z

    Why do some instruments look completely different in varying kinds of light? In this lutherie feature from August 2013, Michael Molnar explains how an understanding of wood, varnish and their optical interactions can produce magical results

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    Between the Baroque and modern age: Vuillaume’s ‘Messiah’ Strad

    2021-09-10T14:58:00Z

    Stefan-Peter Greiner examines Vuillaume’s unorthodox method of fastening and extending the neck in his copy of the ‘Messiah’ Strad. From November 1996

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    Viola sizes: Size does matter

    2021-08-24T21:43:00Z

    Viola players everywhere know the difficulty in finding the perfect instrument – but how many realise the differences that size, shape and weight can make to playability and tone? William Castle gives a step-by-step guide to finding the one that’s right for you

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    The geometry of violin outlines: Proportional representation

    2021-08-20T11:10:00Z

    In this article from March 1990, Leslie Wyatt offers a rational and coherent geometrical method for the construction of an inner form outline and for sizing and positioning the f-holes, to break free from the traditional slavish reproduction of classical instruments