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BUNDLE – The Best of Trade Secrets 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

£140.00

Bundle contains:

  • 1 x The Best of Trade Secrets
  • 1 x The Best of Trade Secrets 2
  • 1 x The Best of Trade Secrets 3
  • 1 x The Best of Trade Secrets 4
  • 1 x The Best of Trade Secrets 5

May 2023

£5.95
Alina Ibragimova talks about her latest projects and we take a look at the work of Luthiers sans Frontières. Blind violist Myra Ross discusses her playing methods and we examine the various versions of Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata. Plus Antoine Tamestit’s Sentimental Work.  

Antonio Stradivari ‘Harrison’ violin 1693 poster

£22.95

A perfect example of Stradivari's Long Pattern, the 'Harrison' was for many years the principal performing instrument of Kyung Wha Chung. It is now part of the collection of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, US.

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Our posters are shipped separately from other products. One tube can hold up to 10 posters. Save on postage costs by purchasing up to 10 posters per tube today.

April 2023

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Carolin Widmann is the cover star of a German-themed issue, with a profile of the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic and the story of collector Baron Johann Knoop. We look at how luthiers can calculate their instrument prices, and the Tippett Quartet discuss recording Korngold. Plus cellist Tanja Tetzlaff’s Sentimental Work.  

The Strad Directory 2023

£19.95
Newly published for 2023, the latest edition of The Strad Directory is as indispensable as ever remaining an essential and ever-popular resource for the string world. It provides you with everything you need to fulfil your stringed instrument needs.

Antonio Stradivari ‘Harrison’ violin 1693 FOLDED VERSION

£14.95

A perfect example of Stradivari's Long Pattern, the 'Harrison' was for many years the principal performing instrument of Kyung Wha Chung. It is now part of the collection of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, US.

****FOLDED VERSION****
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Our posters are shipped separately from other products. One tube can hold up to 10 posters. Save on postage costs by purchasing up to 10 posters per tube today.

March 2023

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We talk to the Danish Quartet about the philosophy behind their music, and explore the history of the baryton. There’s a look at violin making in Argentina and the story of Russia cello tutor Natalia Shakhovskaya. Plus Jean-Guihen Queyras’s Life Lessons.  

February 2023

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Christian-Pierre La Marca is on the cover of a French-themed issue, in which we examine pedagogue Lucien Capet’s legacy and luthier Pierre Flavetta investigates Cremonese varnish. There’s a look inside David Ayache’s Montpellier workshop and Yann Poulain explores modern lutherie techniques. Plus Midori’s 40 years in the spotlight  

Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century by Henry Roth

£30.00
Renowned critic Henry Roth brings his formidable knowledge and enthusiasm to bear on some of the greatest violinists in history. Paganini, Thibaud and Huberman rub shoulders with the likes of Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman in his comprehensive survey, which also provides an unusual history of the instrument itself. Paperback. 392pp. California Classics Books; First Printing edition (March 1997)

January 2023

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British violinist Daniel Pioro discusses his influences and we ask how players can get the most out of entering competitions. There’s a Masterclass on Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and we rewrite the early history of Russian bow making. Plus cellist Matt Haimovitz’s Life Lessons  

The Best of Trade Secrets 5

£40.00
Necks, scrolls, f-holes, arching, edgework, inlay, tools, set-up - this new compilation covers more topics than ever before.  

The Best of Technique

£35.00
In The Best of Technique you'll discover the top playing tips of the world's leading string players and teachers. It's packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.

Masterclass: Violin Concertos

£30.00
The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. Always one of our most popular sections, Masterclass has been an invaluable aid to aspiring soloists, chamber musicians and string teachers since the 1990s. Now, in association with publisher G. Henle Verlag, The Strad is releasing the best of its Masterclasses as a bespoke anthology series.   Subscribe to the Strad

December 2022

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We take a close look at the 1693 ‘Harrison’ Stradivari violin and speak to superstar Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl. There’s a look at the late bows of François Xavier Tourte and a peep into the orchestra pit at the Bayreuth Festival. Plus violinist Philippe Quint’s Sentimental Work.  

November 2022

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In a North America special, we talk to the Emerson Quartet and investigate black community orchestras in the United States. There’s an interview with violinist–composer Caroline Shaw and Matt Wehling completes his examination of Voirin bows. Plus Nicolas Altstaedt’s Sentimental Work.        

October 2022

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Double bassist Rick Stotijn discusses his mission to increase the repertoire, and we examine the evolution of the Viennese bass. There’s a look at Scottish fiddling, a Masterclass with Abel Selaocoe and tips on developing your own sound. Plus Nobuko Imai’s Sentimental Work.    

The Strad Calendar 2023: The Australian Collection

£19.95
In the past few years, Australia has become a classical music heartland with a number of its orchestras and ensembles achieving world renown. Many of its string players now perform on world-class instruments made by some of the most respected luthiers ever to have lived. · 1585 Gasparo da Salò double bass · c.1600 G.P. Maggini viola · 1709 'Scotta' Antonio Stradivari violin · 1714 Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ violin · 1720 Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ violin · 1728/29 Antonio Stradivari violin · 1729 Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ cello · 1743 'Carrodus' Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin · 1743 G.B. Guadagnini cello · 1760 Nicolò Gagliano violin · 1784 G.B. Guadagnini violin · 1859 'Karrman' Vuillaume violin

September 2022

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In an education special, Pinchas Zukerman invites us to a masterclass and we examine violin making schools around the world. There’s a look at string teaching in Australia and the story of Soviet viola tutor Yuri Kramarov. Plus violinist Jack Liebeck’s Sentimental Work.  

August 2022

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Pekka Kuusisto discusses making the leap from violinist to conductor, and we examine three Guarneri violins from 1734. There’s a look at musicians and exercise and cellist Maria Kliegel gives her Sentimental Work. Plus a Mozart Masterclass from the Armida Quartet.  

The Best of Trade Secrets 4

£35.00
The latest collection of articles from The Strad's popular Trade Secrets section brings together methods for everything from reinforcing a cello neck to making lake pigments for varnish.

The Best of Trade Secrets 3

£29.95
Written by luthiers for luthiers, this third compilation of articles from The Strad’s popular Trade Secrets section brings together over

The Best of Trade Secrets 2

£29.95
Following the huge success of the first volume of The Best of Trade Secrets, the second appeared in 2012. Like

The Best of Trade Secrets

£29.95
Ever since its beginnings in 2006, Trade Secrets has been The Strad’s most popular section for instrument makers. Luthiers from

July 2022

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We examine a 1671 violin by Girolamo Amati II and the members of the Brodsky Quartet discuss their 50th anniversary. There’s a look at Bach’s Cello Suites, string playing’s ‘lost arts’, and the career of François-Nicolas Voirin comes under the spotlight. Plus Kenneth Sillito’s Sentimental Work.