Identifying the varnish recipes of the early makers has been a long-held dream among researchers. Now, a team at the Arvedi Laboratory of Non-Invasive Diagnostics, headed by Marco Malagodi, has used a new form of micro-CT scanning to delve further into an instrument’s coatings than ever before
After being seriously damaged in an Alitalia flight, a historical viola da gamba made by Edward Lewis was amazingly brought back to life by Shlomo Moyal. Here is the story of the instrument, to tie in with this month’s Making Matters
The luthier's favourite instruments provide ideal models for his own making
Born in poverty and initially self taught, he went on to mentor generations of violin makers at his lutherie school in Parma
Dealers and auction houses increasingly include dendrochronology reports along with high-value instruments, but how meaningful are they in verifying an attribution?