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  • Materiale in piazzale 26 genn_2019 (8)
    News

    Stradivari's forests: ongoing effort to salvage tonewood trees felled by storms

    2019-03-08T13:38:00Z

    A factory in the Fiemme valley is asking luthiers and the public to buy IOUs so it can quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates

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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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    Is it a real Stradivarius? How to check the authenticity and value of a violin

    2019-02-20T15:00:00Z

    A reader has inherited an old Italian violin, in this case a Landolfi. In fact, finding a violin in a grandparent’s attic is some people’s first introduction to the stringed-instrument world. What’s the next step regarding authentication?

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    In the workshop with luthier Noémie Viaud

    2019-02-20T12:08:00Z

    Violin maker Noémie Viaud in her workshop in Denmark, filmed by Nikolaj Lund. Viaud is featured in the Strad’s February 2019 ‘My Space’ column, discussing her workshop and career to date: ‘I’ve been based in Denmark for the past twelve years. I’m originally from France and learnt violin making ...

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    Jacob Stainer: Micro-CT analysis of top-block and pins

    2019-02-19T11:59:00Z

    In the April 2019 issue of The Strad, Rudolf Hopfner explains how the neck root and top-block of a Jacob Stainer violin made after 1650 gives insights into his working methods – and solves a mystery about the maker’s training in the process. This video, made up of hundreds ...

  • Bill Watson 01 (Milnes)
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    William Watson, bow maker: 1930-2018

    2019-02-06T12:54:00Z

    The Hill’s trained bow maker made a vital contribution to the trade during a long career, writes John Milnes

  • John Jordan
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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. ...

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    News

    Newark's collaborative making competition reveals winners

    2019-02-01T13:42:00Z

    The School of Violin Making’s ‘Hope’ competition will see four violins and two guitars sold in aid of a charity providing refugees with tools to restart their trades

  • Carbon Cello
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    Making a cello from carbon

    2019-01-29T13:45:00Z

    In this video Tim Duerinck demonstrates how to make a cello from carbon by hand. The music to the video is also performed on the carbon cello. To read his article investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making click here .

  • How to get a crisp sound
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    How to get a crisp sound out of your instrument

    2019-01-21T11:08:00Z

    In this video luthier Jacob von der Lippe shares one of the lesser-known tricks of the trade. And there’s more where this came from: The 5+1 common types of violin maker The most common types of violin makers, ep.2 ...

  • Four Circles
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    The 'Four Circles' system of violin making

    2019-01-14T14:00:00Z

    Luthier Kevin Kelly explains his ‘Four Circles’ system for instrument design, adaptable to violins, violas and cellos

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    Plane and simple: steel bow planes

    2019-01-11T12:08:00Z

    Taking inspiration from the design of traditional French bow-making tools, these bow planes are constructed from machine-tooled steel that has been ground and flash-chromed for additional durability. The blades are custom-made by Hock tools and are also available separately. Triangle Strings bow plane from $160, ...

  • Luca Ruggiero - Spreading varnish with the fingers
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    Luca Ruggiero: Spreading varnish with the fingers

    2019-01-09T17:06:00Z

    The Italian luthier demonstrates his personal technique for applying varnish on a finished instrument

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    Blank canvas: unvarnished 5-string instruments

    2018-12-19T15:05:00Z

    These unvarnished five-string violins and violas are built by a Chinese maker using flamed maple and seasoned spruce. They feature extra-wide necks, extended pegboxes and adjusted bass-bars, and most have one-piece backs. Both designs are based on Stradivari models and include ebony fingerboards, nuts and saddles. ...

  • Ciresa Fiemme 1
    News

    Saving Stradivari's forests: effort to harvest precious tonewoods felled in storms

    2018-12-13T12:49:00Z

    A factory in the Fiemme valley has launched a crowdfunding effort to enable it to quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates

  • Schilbach Superior Blanc Violin
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    Master stroke: Schilbach varnishing brush

    2018-12-07T15:04:00Z

    The tapered and split synthetic fibres of this brush are designed to absorb a large volume of oil or spirit varnish, to enable its controlled and uniform application. It has an untreated hornbeam wood handle and solvent-resistant plastic ferrule, eliminating the risk of staining to the ...

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    All kitted out: violin accessory set

    2018-12-06T11:39:00Z

    Manufactured in India to Italian designs, these accessory sets comprise four heart-shaped pegs, a decorative end-button, a Guarneri-style chinrest with Hill-style clamps and a Hill-style tailpiece. They are available in ebony and rosewood with a black trim to the tailpiece and black pin collars and pegs, and in boxwood trimmed ...

  • Schilbach Kevlar tailgut
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    Firmly fastened: the Schilbach Kevlar tailgut

    2018-12-06T11:32:00Z

    Using military-grade materials to improve set-up stability Kevlar is familiar to most people as a material used inside bulletproof vests. According to German manufacturer Schilbach, however, this strength also makes Kevlar a useful component in the tailgut that fastens an instrument’s tailpiece to the button at ...

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    A cut above: Lee Valley stainless steel pocket plane

    2018-12-06T11:17:00Z

    To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Canadian woodworking firm Lee Valley has produced a limited-edition version of its pocket plane in corrosion-resistant stainless steel and with a nickel-plated lever cap. The plane measures approximately 115mm by 30mm and weighs 285g; its blade measures 22mm across and is ...

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    Die Seele der Geige: documentary featuring Frank Peter Zimmermann and luthier Martin Schleske

    2018-11-21T15:47:00Z

    [n.b. no English subtitles. As broadcast on Arte.tv, the film is in German, or click the gear icon to change to French.] This documentary, a coproduction by EuroArts and BR (Bavarian Broadcasting), follows violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in 2016 as he reunites with the ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivari, after a ...