From the Archive: May 1901


A reader takes issue with luthier and prolific contributor Arthur Broadley, and his views on the work of northern maker Walter H. Mayson which he made known in the previous edition

SIR,––The long and diffuse letter of your correspondent, Mr. Arthur Broadley, in this month’s STRAD is a fair example of the infallibility of these learned gentlemen whose names, or assumed names, so often appear in your correspondence columns, and who lay down the law on questions of fiddles and fiddle-makers, past and present, with a delightfully serene confidence in their own wisdom and knowledge.

I am not greatly interested in the question Broadley has raised as to the thicknesses of Strad or other great fiddles; and judging from the scanty replies of which Mr. Broadley complains, it has been pretty well left to himself to answer his own questions, which he appears to have been prepared to do beforehand…

Already subscribed? Please sign in

Subscribe to continue reading…

We’re delighted that you are enjoying our website. For a limited period, you can try an online subscription to The Strad completely free of charge.

  • Free 7-day trial

    Not sure about subscribing? Sign up now to read this article in full and you’ll also receive unlimited access to premium online content, including the digital edition and online archive for 7 days.

    No strings attached – we won’t ask for your card details

  • Subscribe 

    No more paywalls. To enjoy the best in-depth features and analysis from The Strad’s latest and past issues, upgrade to a subscription now. You’ll also enjoy regular issues and special supplements* and access to an online archive of issues back to 2010.


* Issues and supplements are available as both print and digital editions. Online subscribers will only receive access to the digital versions.