Technical – Page 6

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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

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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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    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    The Essence of a Sound: luthier Hans Johannsson at TEDx Reykjavik

    2018-11-16T13:26:00Z

    Icelandic violin maker Hans Johannsson gives a talk exploring ‘a fascinating juxtaposition of an age-old traditional craft on the one hand and the pursuit of science and technology on the other’, filmed at a TEDx event at the Tjarnarbíó theatre in Reykjavik on 4 November. The listing for the ...

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    How many luthiers does it take to make two violins in a week?

    2018-11-14T17:28:00Z

    This video follows the week-long process of making two new violins for the Royal Northern College of Music instrument collection during its Strings Festival in March 2018. Luthiers Kai-Thomas Roth, William Castle, Marc Soubeyran and Tibor Szemmelveisz collaborated on building two violins between 2 and 8 March, one based ...

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    4 tips on using antiquing methods to give an instrument a warm look

    2018-11-12T17:52:00Z

    John Simmers shares his wisdom on finding a balance between antiquing and not antiquing

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    VSA honours instrument and bow makers in biennial competition

    2018-11-09T10:52:00Z

    Violin Society of America convention in Cleveland reveals winners in violin, viola, cello, bass, quartet and bow categories

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    Commissioning a new instrument – a guide for players

    2018-10-25T11:00:00Z

    Commissioning an instrument can be an exciting prospect, but as a creative journey it can have its ups and downs. John Milnes considers how both player and maker can keep each other happy.