‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ 1741 poster – REPRINT

We are delighted to announce that the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ 1741 poster is back in stock. Currently the most expensive violin in the world, the ‘Vieuxtemps’ was sold in 2012 for a sum in excess of $16 million. It has been given on lifetime loan to US violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.

“The violin has a colossal range. I found I could play the entire repertoire, from Vivaldi to Sibelius to modern works, just on this one violin” – Anne Akiko Meyers in the June 2018 edition of The Strad

Includes measurements, thickness maps and life-size CT scans.

Gasparo da Salò double bass c.1550 poster – REPRINT

Our poster of this extraordinary c.1550 Gasparo da Salò double bass is now available in the Shop. It is a magnificent instrument by the 16th-century Italian master, with original scroll.

Just the sight of it is breathtaking. The model itself is exceptional – the round, well-sized middle bouts, the round, wide upper and lower bouts; and the upper-block curve which runs steeply up towards the neck, making the instrument very comfortable to play.

Includes measurements and thickness maps.

Antonio Stradivari ‘Willemotte’ violin 1734 – NEW

A masterpiece of Antonio Stradivari‘s late period, the ‘Willemotte‘ has a muscular ruggedness and strong character: massive, with generous edges, full arching and broad f-holes. It is now the principal performing instrument of violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

‘The sound of the “Willemotte” leaves one grasping for the right adjectives: complex, deep, pungent, something you almost taste as much as hear’ – Sam Zygmuntowicz in the December 2020 edition of The Strad.

Includes measurements, thickness maps and life-size CT scans.

FROM OUR VENDORS

A selection of products from our third party vendors which you can purchase via The Strad Shop

If you would like to become a third party vendor on The Strad Shop, please email Enrico Roasenda

Special offer: The Best of Trade Secrets 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bundle
£163.50 £140.00

The Best of Trade Secrets series brings together some of the most useful articles from The Strad’s ever popular section on the instrument making process. Luthiers from all over the world have contributed articles explaining their own special methods for overcoming some of the trickiest problems in instrument making. All the techniques are fully illustrated and clearly explained in step-by-step how-to guides.

Almost every part of the making process has been covered in these four best-selling volumes containing more than 150 articles between them. There are techniques for everything from casting an f-hole to antiquing, along with tips on edgework and purfling, necks and fingerboards, varnish, set-up and making tools. In recent years there has been more emphasis on restoration techniques, as well as on bow making.

Luthiers including John Dilworth, Joseph Curtin, Gregg Alf, Francis Kuttner, Raymond Schryer, David Burgess and Jan Špidlen have lent their expertise to the section in its decade-long history. Collectively, these four volumes make up an essential addition to any instrument maker’s library.

Violin Player BUNDLE
£49.98 £35.00

  • The Best of Technique

  • The Strad Masterclass: Solo Violin

  • An A-Z of Instrument Care

Cello Player BUNDLE
£67.96 £40.00

  • The Best of Technique

  • The Strad Masterclass: Solo Cello

  • Cello Heroes

  • Rostropovich: A Celebration

  • An A-Z of Instrument Care

In Focus 2 – NEW

The Strad ’s second compilation of fascinating articles, written within the last 5 years, brings together fine instruments by some of the world’s greatest instrument experts. In this new anthology, every instrument has been given three pages to include more close-up photographs, archings, angles and tiny details.

Makers such as Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ rub shoulders with lesser-known names such as Alfredo del Lungo, David Stirrat and Willem van der Sijde, with each article including biographical details as well as points of interest regarding the instrument’s form and construction. This book is a must for every luthier’s library.

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The Strad / Digital Amati T-Shirt – SUMMER

For its first ever T-shirt, The Strad has teamed up with Harry Mairson, a computer science professor and cello maker who directs Digital Amati, a project using computer technology to enhance our understanding of classical stringed instrument design.

The T-shirt exhibits the renowned Stradivari 1700 ‘Stauffer, ex-Cristiani’ cello, now in the collection of the Fondazione Stauffer and on display at Cremona’s Museo del Violino. Depicted together with the image of the ‘Cristiani’ is a geometric drawing of a Stradivari cello, using the methods of François Denis’s book Traité de Lutherie: The Violin and the Art of Measurement.

Be among the first to wear this 100% high-quality cotton T-shirt that illustrates the synergy of art and science, which in the Renaissance were one and the same thing. One quarter of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Stradivari at Cremona’s Museo del Violino, helping to sustain this remarkable museum.

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