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BUNDLE-The Best of Trade Secrets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

£170.00

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
  • 1 x The Best of Trade Secrets 6

The Best of Trade Secrets 6

£40.00
The April 2005 edition of The Strad saw the first in a new regular section: Trade Secrets, in which violin and bow makers would share the technical tips and tricks that they’d worked out for themselves and wanted to share with their peers. Almost two decades later, Trade Secrets is still a mainstay of the magazine, having featured over 200 fully illustrated parts of the making process penned by more than 140 makers around the world. This latest collection brings together 35 of the most recent articles, drawn from the magazine’s pages since the pandemic year of 2020.

March 2024

£5.95
We talk to superstar violinist Augustin Hadelich and explore the life of composer Pierre Rode. Cellist Laurence Lesser looks back on his six-decade career and there’s a Masterclass on Ravel’s Violin Sonata no.2. Plus a look at setting up a double bass, and Gidon Kremer reveals his Sentimental Work. Read more in The Strad

Antonio Stradivari ‘Boissier Sarasate’ violin 1713 poster

£22.95

Made during Antonio's Stradivari's so-called 'golden period', the 1713 'Boissier, Sarasate' is in an excellent state of preservation. Housed in the museum of the Madrid Royal Conservatoire, it has rarely been played since it was left to the music school by its last owner, the Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sarasate. This poster includes full outlines and measurements taken from a state-of-the-art 3D scan of the instrument.

'The surface retains a very good amount of varnish. It is remarkable that it has not been ‘protected’ with a layer of French polish, making it ever more outstanding and appreciated in today’s shop standards. The colour of the varnish is a light reddish-brown over Stradivari’s wonderful golden ground.' – Roberto Jardón Rico in the January 2024 issue of The Strad

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Boissier, Sarasate’ Violin 1713(FOLDED)

£14.95
FOLDED VERSION Made during Antonio's Stradivari's so-called 'golden period', the 1713 'Boissier, Sarasate' is in an excellent state of preservation. Housed in the museum of the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, it has rarely been played since it was left to the conservatoire by its last owner, the Spanish virtuoso Pablo Sarasate. This poster includes full outlines and measurements taken from a state-of-the-art 3D scan of the instrument. 'The surface retains a very good amount of varnish. It is remarkable that it has not been ‘protected’ with a layer of French polish, making it ever more outstanding and appreciated in today’s shop standards. The colour of the varnish is a light reddish-brown over Stradivari’s wonderful golden ground.' – Roberto Jardón Rico in the January 2024 issue of The Strad 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.

The Strad Calendar 2024: The Fulton Collection

£20.95
American collector David L. Fulton amassed one of the 20th century’s finest collections of stringed instruments. This year’s calendar pays tribute to some of these priceless treasures, including Yehudi Menuhin’s celebrated ‘Lord Wilton’ Guarneri, the Carlo Bergonzi once played by Fritz Kreisler, and four instruments by Antonio Stradivari.
 

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The Strad Directory 2024

£20.00
Newly published for 2024, 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.

‘De Munck’ Stradivari cello 1730 poster

£22.95
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Great Instruments

£19.95
Every generation of violin makers has sought to analyse and understand the classic forms, and, for the past 122 years, the violin world's leading experts have assessed the latest research into the finest instruments in the pages of The Strad. Great Instruments includes 15 authoritative and beautifully illustrated articles from the past ten years, which provide unique insights into some of the world's most celebrated stringed instruments. Full list of featured instruments
  1. c.1566 Andrea Amati Violin
  2. c.1600 Brothers Amati Cello
  3. 1619 Henry Jaye Viol
  4. c.1650 Jacob Stainer Tenor viola
  5. 1709 Antonio Stradivari 'Viotti' violin
  6. 1715 Antonio Stradivari 'Titian' violin
  7. 1716 Antonio Stradivari 'Messiah' violin
  8. 1717 Domenico Montagnana Violin
  9. 1717 Pietro Giacomo Rogeri Cello
  10. 1721 Antonio Stradivari 'Kruse' violin
  11. 1735 Guarneri 'del Gesu' 'Plowden' violin
  12. 1736 Carlo Bergonzi Violin
  13. 1736 Guarneri 'del Gesu 'Cessole', 'Teja-Ferni'
  14. 1740 Domenico Montagnana Cello
  15. 1808 Niclas Lupot Violin

Antonio Stradivari ‘King Carlos IV’ violin 1709 poster

£22.95

The ‘King Carlos IV’ is one of the few instruments remaining from the collection of the Spanish king, who ruled from 1788 to 1808. Made during Stradivari’s ‘golden period’, it is one of the rare examples that is so well preserved that its sound is seldom matched by other violins of the era. The maple back has deep, wide flames descending slightly, which shimmer like water in the light. The scroll is incredibly round and bold, displaying an ultimate strength in making.

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Antonio Stradivari ‘King Carlos IV’ violin 1709 poster – FOLDED

£14.95

The ‘King Carlos IV’ is one of the few instruments remaining from the collection of the Spanish king, who ruled from 1788 to 1808. Made during Stradivari’s ‘golden period’, it is one of the rare examples that is so well preserved that its sound is seldom matched by other violins of the era. The maple back has deep, wide flames descending slightly, which shimmer like water in the light. The scroll is incredibly round and bold, displaying an ultimate strength in making.

Read the review in The Strad, June 2023 Newsletter1 (Blog Banner)  
****FOLDED VERSION****

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February 2024

£5.95
We talk to British violist Timothy Ridout and learn about the history of violin making in Schönbach. Philippe Graffin talks about the discovery of a ‘lost’ work by Ysaÿe and we examine what might be the last violin ever made by Guadagnini. Plus a Brahms Masterclass with Daniel Kurganov. Read more in The Strad  

December 2023

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We talk to US violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and investigate the lives of two Italian luthiers: Filippo de Filippi and Luigi Mozzani. There’s an in-depth look at Telemann and we look at techniques to play more effortlessly. Plus a Dvořák Masterclass with cellist Hannah Roberts. Read more in The Strad  

November 2023

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In a North American special, we talk to double bassist Joseph Conyers and look at the work of the Sphinx Organization. There’s a look at the immigration of German bow makers to the US and we find out how over 30 luthiers collaborated on a single cello at Oberlin. Plus Aleksey Igudesman’s Sentimental Work. Read more in The Strad  

September 2023

£5.95
In an education special, we talk to violinist Randall Goosby and explore strategies to help adult learners on the cello. There’s a look at training a lutherie apprentice, and what conservatoires are doing to safeguard students’ mental health. Plus interviews with Hilary Hahn, Ronald Copes and Eldbjørg Hemsing. Read more in The Strad  

August 2023

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Nicola Benedetti talks about becoming director of the Edinburgh International Festival, and there’s a look at the life of luthier Marino Capicchioni. We ask what Stradivari used as a pre-varnish preparation layer, and Julian Rachlin gives his Sentimental Work. Plus a Dvořák Masterclass with Pavel Šporcl. Read more in The Strad  

October 2023

£5.95
We talk to the Leonkoro Quartet and investigate the history of the Hardanger fiddle. There’s a look at Pablo Casals’ unique interpretation of Bach’s Cello Suites, and double bassist Leon Bosch gives a Masterclass on Koussevitzky. Plus interviews with Johan Dalene, Nils Mönkemeyer and Sergej Krylov. Read more in The Strad  

July 2023

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We examine the 1709 ‘King Carlos IV’ Stradivari violin and chat to US fiddler Mark O’Connor. There’s a look at the early history of Brahms’s Violin Concerto and cellist Thomas Demenga gives a Debussy Masterclass. Plus our annual Accessories supplement. Read the review in The Strad  

June 2023

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British cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson discusses her influences and we report on the efforts to help young displaced musicians from Ukraine. There’s a Masterclass on Fauré and we mark the 100th anniversary of Ligeti’s birth. Plus Francesca Dego’s Sentimental Work. Read more in The Strad  

BUNDLE – In Focus and In Focus 2

£60.00
The In Focus anthologies brings together many of the world’s most fascinating stringed instruments, with commentaries by today’s top instrument experts. Both books feature exceptional high-quality photographs for every featured instrument – front, back and scroll – and will provide inspiration for today’s makers and anyone who enjoys the beauty and variety of stringed instruments. This bundle includes:
  • In Focus (with new limited edition cover)
  • In Focus 2

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.