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Baroque Set-up: In a Land without Rules


With the growth in popularity of historically informed performance, more players are requesting Baroque-style instruments – but the process of converting an instrument is fraught with uncertainty. Sarah Peck presents an overview of the Baroque set-up process, and corrects some common misconceptions along the way

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Auction Report: June 2022


Kevin MacDonald finds some unusual offerings, including an interesting quartet of bows, at the capital’s March auctions

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August Rau: The old-fashioned way


At a time when bow making in Germany was leaning towards industrialisation, August Rau kept up the tradition of independent craftsmanship. Gennady Filimonov tells the story of his long career and examines several examples of his work

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