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Johannes Moser Goes in Search of Sound, Depth & Playfulness

One cello is a ‘teacher,’ the other is a ‘playground’ 

It's called mojo—that special magic that lies within the soul of an instrument (if, indeed, you agree that an instrument can have a soul). There's a scene in director Jim Jaramusch's 2009 film 'The Limits of Control,’ in which a con man (or is he a violin dealer?) tells the film's protagonist: "I believe that musical instruments, especially those made of wood—cellos, violins, guitars—I believe that they resonate, musically, even when they're not being played. Every note that's ever been played on them is still inside of them, resonating in the molecules of the wood. I guess, like everything, it's just a matter of perception, no?" In this department, 'Strings' asks the stewards of some of the greatest—and most coveted—stringed instruments to describe those qualities that make their fiddle so special.

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*This article appeared in Strings August 2012
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