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2020-03-17T19:04:00+00:00By Christian Lloyd
Instead of discussing the right way to secure a crack with reinforcements, shouldn’t we try to achieve the strongest possible joint in the first place? Christian Schabbon presents the results of his investigation into different types of glue
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter on her Beethoven deep immersion during the 250th anniversary year, and collaborating with film composer John Williams. Also, Augustin Hadelich concludes his Beethoven Concerto masterclass, and we investigate the violins of the Vogtland region of eastern Germany. Plus: The Strad’s Cremona 2020 supplement.
He’s a carpenter, hunter, fisherman and veteran, who, for many years, lived in the woods of Alaska. She’s a former gymnast who fell in love with the violin in ballet class. So on the face of it Ray DeMeo and Amanda N. Ewing don’t have that much in common. Except ...
2020-02-18T05:43:00+00:00By Christian Lloyd
Luthiers such as Jacob Stainer often surmounted their instruments with elaborately carved heads rather than scrolls. Lloyd McCaffery, a professional wood carver, explains how he developed a modern take on an ancient art form
It’s both a privilege and a challenge to build a quartet of instruments that are intended to be played together from the start. Peter Somerford speaks to players and makers to discover both the pitfalls and the opportunities
For luthiers worldwide, European wood is still viewed as the best for making stringed instruments – even though China’s forests are filled with high-quality spruce and maple. Xue Peng presents the results of a study comparing the tonewoods of China and Europe, with some startling conclusions
Carbon fibre instruments have been introduced on the market for a couple of years. A research team from Ghent University and School of Arts Gent has been investigating the use of composite materials for string instruments. Now, one of their prototypes, a cello made from glass fibre by luthier Tim ...
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