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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.

The Strad Calendar 2019: Antonio Stradivari Instruments

The Strad Calendar 2019 brings together twelve of the finest instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari. The collection includes ten violins, nearly all from the master luthier’s ‘Golden Period’, as well as the ‘Gibson’ viola – one of only eleven surviving Stradivari violas – and the ‘Bonamy Dobrée, Suggia’ cello. With high-resolution photographs all taken by Jan Röhrmann, this is the first time in a decade that the Calendar has been devoted exclusively to Stradivari instruments – all of which can be viewed at the Tokyo Stradivarius Festival, taking place this year from 9 to 15 October at Tokyo’s Mori Arts Center.

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December 2018

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Vilde Frang talks about collaboration and we examine a case made in Stradivari’s workshop. Mischa Maisky discusses his half-century of performing, and there’s a look at folk songs with the Danish Quartet. Plus violist Bruno Giuranna’s Sentimental Work

‘A Violin By Antonio Stradivari 1724’ limited edition MONOGRAPH

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In this beautifully presented monograph, Desmond Cecil tells the full story of the Antonio Stradivari violin that came into his possession in

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November 2018

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We examine the legacy of string teacher Paul Rolland and ask whether female luthiers face discrimination in this day and age. James Ehnes gives us his Sentimental Work, and Viktoria Mullova tells of her Life Lessons. Plus a Masterclass with Carolin Widmann.

Antonio Stradivari ‘Cecil’ violin 1724 poster

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The 1724 ‘Cecil’ is that rare thing: a genuine Stradivari violin that has gone virtually unreported for the past three centuries.

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