'The sound projection, warmth, richness, range of colour and responsiveness are extraordinary. There is not one crack in it. It's as if it just left the maker's bench'

Anne Akiko Meyers talks about playing the Guarneri 'del Gesù' 'Vieuxtemps' violin, c.1741, which has been loaned to her for life.

The instrument features in The Strad's 2015 calendar, 'Violins of the Stars', on sale now.

John Dilworth explores the stories and craftsmanship behind each of the twelve instruments showcased in the calendar in The Strad's October 2014 issue, out now.

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