I have always been a Guarneri girl myself. They can be as sweet as a Strad when they want to be, but they also have guts!'

Rachel Barton Pine talks about the Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù' 'Soldat' violin, which is on loan to her.

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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