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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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How To Buy A Violin

Taming the unruly search for a new stringed instrument

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Ask the Expert: Are Violins & Fiddles Set-Up Differently?

When it gets down to it, do violins and fiddles really differ?

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Instrument’s Carrying Power?

Part science, part art, changing a bassbar may help, but then again, it might not

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This ‘Old Man’ Is a Real Survivor

Blaine Sprouse's fiddle has weathered a Tennessee tornado and much, much more in the past 150 years

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