Making

  • Chipped corner
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    Ask the Experts: protecting your instrument from chips and nicks

    2019-08-08T12:00:00Z

    A panel of luthiers give their thoughts on some unusual marks that have appeared on the surface of a violinist's instrument over the course of his playing career

  • Tim Phillips Revolin 2
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    Life out of balance

    2019-07-31T15:25:00Z

    While many luthiers are happy making stringed instruments to the standard form, others are keen to explore the possibilities of alternative patterns. Peter Somerford discovers how asymmetric designs can affect tone quality, projection, acoustics and player comfort 

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    An unexpected twist

    2019-07-31T15:10:00Z

    The few remaining guitars by Antonio Stradivari have distinctive characteristics – which proved useful when another example came to light recently in a museum collection. Emiliano Marinucci and Lorenzo Frignani tell the story

  • Dai Ting Chung
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    The Jewel of Taiwan: The Strad Calendar 2020

    2019-07-31T15:00:00Z

    The Chimei Museum in Taiwan houses the largest collection of stringed instruments in the world.The Strad Calendar 2020 marks 30 years since its founding, as Dai-Ting Chung and Andrew Guan highlight some of the remarkable treasures within its walls

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    Should violin makers embrace cutting edge computer analysis?

    2019-07-31T12:00:00Z

    Violin maker Sam Zygmuntowicz explores how high-tech ways of analysing violins and their sound could help makers and even influence the future forms of instruments

  • Dmitry Badiarov
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    Closer to Nature – a documentary about violin maker Dmitry Badiarov

    2019-07-08T17:09:00Z

    The Russian violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov (based in the Netherlands) developed his love for carving wood after deciding to build his first sailing ship, aged 5. Since then his love for making violins has co-existed with his passion for sailing and the sea. In this film, which was presented at ...

  • View from Alan Beavit's workshop
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    Alan Beavitt: how I became a violin-maker on a remote Scottish peninsula

    2019-06-24T18:06:00Z

    The luthier shares his experience of living and working in Scorraig, a remote peninsula in the north-west Scottish highlands, recently featured in the news

  • Photo of Heifetz with Michael Yurkevitch (left) and Mr Rosenthal (right) from PM, 22 April, 1941
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    Jascha Heifetz – champion of modern violins

    2019-05-15T13:00:00Z

    Dario Sarlo reveals a lesser-known passion of the great violinist, and how it led him to start his own lutherie competition

  • Schwarze
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    Making fine violins out of fungus-treated wood

    2019-03-05T11:04:00Z

    In this video we hear from the researcher Francis Schwarze, who, together with a Swiss violin maker has treated wood used for instrument making with Physisporinus vitreus, a white-rot fungus that attacks and destroys certain structures in spruce, in order to build violins that sound as fine as antique masterpieces. ...

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    The most exotic violin woods

    2019-02-04T17:46:00Z

    California-based electric violin maker John Jordan introduces us to some of his most exotic woods, ranging from the pricey Tasmanian tiger rose myrtle to the Swamp Kauri, which is dug up from bogs in New Zealand and is certified to be a minimum of 30000 years old. ...