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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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Ask the Expert: Where Do All the Nicks & Dents Come From?

Go ahead, call it ‘patina’ because even a well-cared for violin will show signs of use

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Reunited with an Old Friend

Jaime Laredo sounds off on his 1723 Montagnana as he ‘breaks in’ a recently restored 1683 Stradivari

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June 2014 Auction Sales Bubbling from Below

Records continue to be set on instruments by B- and C-list makers while high-profile fiddle sales fizzle

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A Bonding Experience: The Strad Who Loved Me

Fiddle played by Cecily Ward of the Cypress Quartet was owned by the mother of James Bond author Ian Fleming

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Ask The Expert: A Common Repair Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

The price for a repair can be shocking—and might make a second opinion worthwhile

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