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  • Freelan Oscar Stanley
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    North America focus: Pioneer Spirit


    America has long been a land of opportunity for the talented luthier, whether professional or hobbyist, immigrant or national. Philip Kass explores the lives and work of six gifted US makers from the late-19th to mid-20th century, in this article from November 2008

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    Lutherie: Gustave Bernardel


    A close look at the work of great and unusual makers

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    Sartory and the fake bows: Phoney war


    One of France’s greatest bow makers,Eugène Sartory sued an unscrupulous American dealer who flooded the market with fake bows. Using the original court transcripts and contemporary news reports, Gennady Filimonov uncovers how the Frenchman sought justice

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    Jacques-Pierre Thibout: violins fit for a king


    One of the key Parisian luthiers of the early 19th century, Jacques-Pierre Thibout had a distinctive – and often innovative – making style. Florent and Serge Boyer examine ten of his violins to track its evolution, and show why he became luthier to King Louis-Philippe

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    From the archive: a violin by Niccolo Amati, 1658


    This illustration of a 1658 Niccolo Amati violin was published in The Strad, November 1923. The following text is extracted from an article accompanying the photographs: This lovely example of Niccolo Amati – at his best – forms part of the collection of fiddles by Captain John Audley Harvey, and ...