February Trade Secrets Bundle

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.

Back by Popular Demand – Five of The Strad’s Top Posters!

The Strad has republished five of its most popular posters. Visitors to The Strad Shop can now purchase these five limited-edition, best-selling posters, all of old Italian instruments, and each including full measurements, outlines and thickness maps.
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The Strad / Digital Amati T-Shirt – £25
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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.

The Strad Calendar 2020: The Chimei Collection – £19.95 £12.95

The Chimei Museum in Taiwan contains possibly the largest collection of bowed stringed instruments in the world. Instrument and bow makers from across the globe have travelled to the Museum to examine its treasures: more than 1000 violin makers are represented, along with over 300 bow makers.

The Calendar includes the 1707 ‘Dushkin’ Stradivari, which represents the starting point of the whole collection: it was the $1m purchase of this violin in 1990, by the billionaire Shi Wen-Long, that kick-started the enterprise. Thirty years later, the collection comprises some 1,370 violins, with 260 of them out on loan at any one time.

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The Best of Technique – £35

Discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers in The Best of Technique. Bringing together articles from The Strad’s popular Technique section, this 168-page book is a must for every string player’s music stand. It tackles everything from bow control (Boris Kuschnir) and vibrato (Paul Katz) to jazz rhythm (Tracy Silverman) and resonant sound (Lynn Harrell) – with all things in between.

Each article contains exercises for students, followed by examples from the standard repertoire to show how to integrate the technique into your playing. Each author also gives tips on how to practise, as well as a few words for teachers, and recommended books and videos to follow up.

The Best of Technique is a one-stop shop for solving nearly all problems you might encounter as a string player. It’s essential reading for both the serious student and the conscientious teacher.

Download the Contents pages here

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KAREN TUTTLE: The American viola pedagogue, who would have turned 100 this month, had a seismic influence on generations of players, as Carlos María Solare explains

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Ébène Quartet: The four players tell Charlotte Gardner about the group’s 20th anniversary, their current Beethoven project, and the challenge of finding a new violist

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Lisa Batiashvili discusses her latest projects and we delve into the mysterious world of varnish making. There’s a look at strategies for teaching adolescents, and Leila Josefowicz completes her look at Berg’s Violin Concerto. Plus Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Sentimental Work.

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December 2019

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Alberto Giordano and Rudolf Hopfner tell the fascinating story of the 1677 ‘Romanov’ Amati viola: once part of Russia’s Imperial Collection, the instrument displays features of both Nicolò and his son Girolamo II. We also take a look at the Royal Danish Orchestra’s fine instrument collection, and explore casting professional musicians in film and TV roles.

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