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Ask the Expert: The Fine Balance Between Grime & Shine

Cleaning too much, or not enough, can irreversibly change your instrument’s appearance

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Making Art’s Cello

Building the dream instrument for my late friend provided a chance his compatriots to reflect on the joy of music, wood working, and life

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Ask the Expert: When Should I Opt for a Self-Adjusting Bridge?

A bridge with adjustable feet may help in a pinch, but a tailor-made bridge is unbeatable

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A Unique Vuillaume Cello with a Noble Pedigree

Raphael Wallfisch’s cello brings enhanced dimensions to his playing

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VSA in Indianapolis: By The Numbers

The Violin Society of America’s 2014 convention shows the group’s enormous growth and influence in lutherie

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New Study Examines The Violin Family Tree

Using 10,000 images, a biologist traces the evolution of the violin’s shape

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It’s All About Sound

Jennifer Stumm needed a viola with a big personality. She found it in a ca. 1590 Gasparo da Salò

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Two Updated Violins From Eastman Strings Are Dressed to Impress

The Raúl Emiliani Model 928 and Rudoulf Doetsch Model 701 show what’s possible with a little tinkering

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Ask the Expert: What Are These Mysterious Extra Holes on My Violin?

Strangely, this reminds me of the days when ‘Super Fly’ arrived on the big screen

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The Heiresses Loved Strads

Anna and Huguette Clark owned eight Stradivaris, including a violin closeted in an abandoned New York City apartment for 20 years and still in limbo

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