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Maple Wood and the Acoustics of Violins

By Lastringplayer    17 / Jan / 2019    In Category Art

It takes several kinds of woods to make fine stringed musical instruments. But the back of the violin, made with maple, has much to do with sound resonance.

Students of the violin and

The History of Standard Tuning: Who Standardized it, Why, and When?

By Lastringplayer    24 / Dec / 2018    In Category Music

The A note changed over the centuries due to concert hall architecture, instrument innovations, and the globalization of Western music.

Violin strings are typically tuned by setting the A string to 440 Hz. It’s a sci

Spruce Wood and the Acoustics of Violins

By Lastringplayer    24 / Dec / 2018    In Category Music

Spruce is a vital raw component of violins. A product of nature, there is great variability that skilled violinmakers understand how to control.

There are countless variables that affect the quality of music created by a skilled violinist and his or her violin. It is the talent, skill, and artistry of the violinist

W.E Hill & Sons: A Legacy of Quality and Vision

By Lastringplayer    26 / Nov / 2018    In Category Music

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Very few fine stringed instrument shops master so much of what musicians need to produce fine music – and what collectors need to establish value.

Some people know W.E. Hill & Sons for their fin

Bow Making Port Townsend: The Mirecourt of the United States

By Lastringplayer    26 / Nov / 2018    In Category Music

A tiny fishing village on Washington’s Puget Sound is the place where fine stringed instruments and instrumentalists find their essential bow.

Violins, violas and cellos mostly get all the attention. They’re the principle instruments in the orchestra; they are played by the most recognized of string mus

The 12 Apostles Violin Cases by W.E. Hill and Sons

By Lastringplayer    24 / Oct / 2018    In Category Music

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They don’t make the music but ensure the instrument gets to its audiences. This London violinmaker created some of the most beautiful cases ever made.

When is a package or container almost as valued as its contents? One imagines the Fabergé eggs as an incomparable embodiment and celebrati

Carl Frederick Becker: The Dean of American Violinmaking

By Lastringplayer    24 / Oct / 2018    In Category Music

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The 17th and 18th centuries produced the Stradivariuses. But the 20th and 21st centuries had the Chicago violinmaker Carl Fredrick Becker.

Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, a gem of the Windy City just steps from Symphony Center and the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is home to Carl Becker

Why Mirecourt, France is the Bow Making Capital of the World

By Lastringplayer    18 / Sep / 2018    In Category Music

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The discovery of the New World brought prosperous trade in Brazillian Pernambuco wood to Miracourt - establishing a legacy of fine bowmaking

Mirecourt, France is famous for two things: Violin and stringed instrument bow making, and the making of fine lace. That fact is as true today as it was in the 1

Folk Fiddles and Rattlesnake Rattles

By Lastringplayer    18 / Sep / 2018    In Category Music

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Violinmakers do not typically include parts of expired animals in their fine instruments. But nonetheless fiddlers add snake rattles for a variety of reasons.

Only in America.

The place of the violin in the hills of Appalachia and on the plains of Texas, and along many points in between, is o

An Overview of American Violinmaking Schools

By Lastringplayer    18 / Sep / 2018    In Category Music

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Luthiers practice a craft that derives from the old schools of Italy, Germany and France, but several schools for stringed instrument making are in the US.

Despite the omnipresence of manufactured violins from China, despite the decades of skills development that luthiers must have before becoming a &

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