stellenbosch violin


The violin made from indigenous African tonewoods


Listen to the violin made from Knysna Blackwood and Hardpear

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Copying the ‘Titian’: A study in scarlet


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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Trade Secrets: Making purfling


A guide for luthiers who prefer to create their own strips to use in their instruments, rather than buy them ready-made

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‘‘I'm not saying that I wouldn't ever listen to a performance of Bach on steel strings – I would, and I might enjoy it – but, for me, it has to be gut’
UK cellist Steven Isserlis discusses his new Bach companion and recording an album of solo works by British composers.

‘The Greek cross on the label evokes the lutherie traditions of Cremona’
Examining Guadagnini's 1773 'Cozio' viola from the start of the maker's Turin period.

''When the legs are free to move as we play, the stability and strength of the back is enhanced, also allowing better poise of the head on the neck''
Going down different Alexander technique 'pathways' can help all kinds of string players.

''There's always a direct line from the audience to us, and there's nowhere to hide'' Alexander Gilman, artistic director of the LGT Young Soloists on the group's new recording of Philip Glass.

If Stradivari had used different wood for his 1715 'Titian' violin what difference would it make to the sound?

''If you've got the energy and a few good ideas, this is the moment when you can get noticed'' Opportunities for young musicians in a post-Covid world .



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