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Click here to see 'Strings' senior editor Greg Olwell with the office purple fiddle (hand-crafted no less). In solidarity with New Mexico middle school student Camille Cruz who was told last week that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra class and the sixth-grader would have to rent one of the district's violins that is a more traditional color for $30.
And weigh in on the discussion: purple violins—a legitimate way to engage a violin student or the bane of string teachers... Continue
Read how the Beatles—who mark their 50th anniversary this month—launched the string revolution, not with 1966's "Eleanor Rigby," as was recently claimed in one prominent British music magazine (tsk, tsk), but a year earlier with "Yesterday." This fab 2005 "Strings" archive article sets the record straight. http://bit.ly/S1yqfX
By the time I left college to go to violin-making school I had been playing the violin for well over ten years—and yet I had not the slightest clue how the thing was made, much less how it worked. Now, approaching the 40th anniversary of that day in early October when I arrived in Salt Lake City, every time I pick up my tools I’m still amazed at the instrument’s beauty. And by its acoustical sophistication: the only instrument that produces a sound richer in overtones than the violin... Continue
Before I begin work on the rib structure, I join the top and the back. I want to let the joint rest before subjecting the plates to the stress of arching and graduating, but I'll also be using the back as a leveling plate to build the ribs on.
After I’ve run the two parts of the back through the joiner planer to level and roughly join them, I finish the joint with a beautiful old jack plane that my parents found for me 25 years ago. It was made in Pennsylvania in the 19th century, and the... Continue
After more than a decade of delays, the city dedicated to violins opens a new, high-tech museum devoted to the history of violins. Read Strings senior editor Greg Olwell’s report from the Museo del Violino in Cremona. http://bit.ly/16FB7tt
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