The Strad’s latest collection of articles on all aspects of stringed instrument making and restoration 

The Best of Trade Secrets 6

The Strad is pleased to announce the release of the latest in its best-selling Trade Secrets series: The Best of Trade Secrets 6.

Bringing together articles from the past three years of The Strad magazine, this new anthology contains even more creative, innovative and individual techniques for instrument making and repair. Within its 120 pages, luthiers from all over the world reveal their personal methods in chapters such as Form and Construction, Set-up, Tools, Edgework and Purfling, and Varnish and Glue. There’s also a section on bow making. Many of the writers have received awards at prestigious instrument making competitions, with names such as Davide Sora, Nicolas Gilles and Philip Ihle among their number. All the techniques are fully illustrated and clearly explained in step-by-step how-to guides.

All the six Best of Trade Secrets volumes are also available at a special discounted price. Almost every part of the making process has been covered in these six best-selling volumes containing more than 200 articles between them. There are techniques for everything from casting an f-hole to antiquing, along with tips on edgework and purfling, necks and fingerboards, varnish, set-up and making tools. In recent years there has been more emphasis on restoration techniques, as well as on bow making.

Luthiers including John Dilworth, Joseph Curtin, Gregg Alf, Francis Kuttner, Raymond Schryer, David Burgess and Jan Špidlen have lent their expertise to the section in its history. Collectively, these six volumes make up an essential addition to any instrument maker’s library.

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