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  1. Anyone knows if there are recordings online with Vengerov playing on his Samuel Zygmuntovicz Kreutzer Strad copy 1727?
  2. I've heard all sorts of stories about where Stradivari got his tonewood. Some say that he travelled to Val di Fiemme to select trees to fell for the spruce, other stories say that he travelled to Venice to source his maple. Are there any reliable information sources that cast more light on this aspect of Stradivari's work? Thank you in advance!
  3. After my visit to the Reed-Yeboah Contemporary Violin & Bow Makers Exhibition 2019 I walked over to the MET Museum to look at their bowed string instruments. I was very impressed by the museum and can highly recommend a visit. Most of the instruments are displayed beautifully and can be viewed from the front and back. Below are pictures of some of the instruments that I hope you will enjoy. Higher resolution images (and some additional ones) are available here: I was very interested in the varnish on these instruments and the comparison to th
  4. What and how Stradivari worked in his workshop will always remain a mystery. But from pure facts how many instruments he produced average over the years tells a story of a man who worked with principles far ahead of his time: Fast, efficient and perfect. I calculated the averages from the Goodkind book and came to the following figures 1700 - 1715 12 violins and 1 cello 1716 - 1725 15.5 violins and 1.5 cellos 1726 - 1737 7.5 violins And this does not reflect the entire work volume of the shop, because they made with three people in the worksh
  5. Hello my name is Adrian. I have a stradivarius violin, it is very rare, it has a saying on the back imitating a flower, the material is very similar to nacre. If you could help me to discover the origin of this magnificent instrument. Thank you so much.
  6. I seeking an accurate full size drawing of the Stradivarius Messiah, or another well known Stradivari violin, from which to make patterns and mold for my first violin build. is the Strad poster my best bet? ive heard it may not be totally accurate. Thanks in advance!
  7. I found this on the web, awesome images, finally the proof that Stradivari was extraterrestrial.... Joking aside, the varnish looks very rich in pigments, something I would not have expected, according to the latest research. I do not know neither the author nor the violin, does anyone know if its conditions are good (original varnish?) and so if the images are reliable? This gentleman seems to have many personal theories, does anyone know him?
  8. It has been suggested to me, since I am only an interested layperson, that instead of repeating things I have read which, in some cases, may be fallacious, given that many of the participants in this group are highly able and knowledgeable professionals in lutherie, I should ask questions. Up to now, what I have been doing, even if it did not seem that way, was trying to learn in my own poor, fumbling way. Before I could ask a question that would be likely to give me the kind of answer I was looking for, I would have to know enough to be able to ask the right question. An example of
  9. Not likely - to my knowledge it’s never been done before. Until now. The International Violin Making School of Cremona kindly offered me their X-ray lab to examine the circa 1680 “Milan” Stradivari case and try to understand how it was made. The resulting images are being studied, for future publication, but already many interesting features are appearing. For example, the fact that the curved perimeter around the body of the violin is made of multiple blocks of spruce glued together in such a way to ensure that the grain is always crosswise, a lightweight and effective way to protec
  10. The cello corner template in the PG thread has got a lot of attention. I want to show something that i think is pretty interesting, but not related to that topic. It looks to me like there's part of a design of a guitar rosette left on the maple. This design looks like it matches the type of rosette on the Stradivari guitar in Paris, the "Vuillaume". Some antique guitar people were interested to see this, because as I understand it, this guitar suffers from the some of the same kind of suspicions as the "Messie" - namely that some people have wondered if it really came from the Strad
  11. As is well known, starting from 1680/1690 Stradivari systematically began to blacken the chamfers of the scroll. To me it has never happened to see instruments from earlier periods with this feature, but I would ask if anyone has ever seen the work of other makers showing this detail before Stradivari. Was he the first to do it or were there any precedents?
  12. Festival hit, Strad Style is coming to DIGITAL HD ON NOVEMBER 7TH. You can pre-order it on iTUNES now... PRE ORDER ON ITUNES So, Pre-ordering is really helpful for us because it helps to boost the movie to the front of their page. And really -- we NEED to have violin documentaries getting seen by the world, no? In any case, it is very appreciated and please, spread the word. You can still see the movie on the big-screen If you're in: Denver, Colorado - Nov 3rd, 4th, 5th DENVER FILM FESTIVAL Brattleboro, Vermont - Nov 5th BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL Et Cultura, S
  13. Hi all, I was poking around the local university's library yesterday when I found another example of Nicolò Amati's connection to Stradivari's work, in this case, concerning his decorated instruments. The Hill's do touch on this point (what an incredibly comprehensive work!), stating: "We have seen two violins, the work of Nicolò Amati, which were gracefully embellished with inlaid ornament: in one of them the ornamentation consisted of double purfling, and a fleur-de-lys inlaid in black at the corners of the back and belly, interspersed with small precious stones, while a design of s
  14. I recently purchased a Stradivari copy based on the 'Da Vinci - Juif Errant' violin circa 1714. I would like to find more information about the original violin, especially how it received its nicknames, and its provenance prior to ownership by Toscha Seidel. Any sources of information would be appreciated. So far, I've found the Tarisio/Cozio and the Jost-Theone Web sites, but they don't have exactly what I'm looking for. I've seen a reference to the four-volume Stradivari set, but have to finish paying off my credit card purchase on the violin before I even think about buying such a set o
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  16. Over the last couple of years I have extensively studied Stradivari's guitars, guitar forms and templates and guitar making methods, to come to a more close reconstruction. The large guitar was made after Cremona template MS. 750. The small guitar was made after the little form in Paris (E.901.6). The cases were based on the "Giustiniani" example. These were the first guitars ever made after the Stradivari forms and templates, instead simply making a shortened version of the "Hill" or copy a guitar with later alterations (Rawlings). An article about this investigation, along with a pl
  17. This looked interesting as I looked through briefly. I'm posting it here in case it is, half because I'm worried I wouldn't find it again if I don't post it for my own handy reference. I imagine others may find the reading and illustrations enjoyable too.
  18. Hello, I am a new maker trying to source Sacconi's "Secrets of Stradivari" book. It is proving to be a hard book to find these days. If you have a used copy to spare please let me know. I understand it is an invaluable resource. Thanks, J
  19. Dnes jsem se rozhodl představit jeden z mých houslí Opus 11 z 2012 Model je Mesiáš Strad inspiroval v roce 1716. Změnil jsem possioned f díry Tomáš Alvin krále a jeho studie o tom, jak Stradivari possioned f díru. Mesias Strad f hole jsou konstruovány poněkud jinak, než je obvyklé Stradivari.
  20. I spent an enjoyable afternoon looking at the "Prince Ludwig of Bavaria" ex-Strad at I&H. Much more fun than playing Sodoku or filling in crosswords... My thoughts are that this is a rather wonderful example of the sort of nineteenth-century fake produced by Jack Lott and others, and a great specimen excepting the later addition of an (?) older top. I thought that the back was real Cremonese, but not Stradivari, and the ruby red varnish applied around the c-bouts is typical of Lott and others like him in the 19th century. It matched the scroll too and made a lott of sense to me (pun
  21. Hi everyone. A while ago I watched the Vengerov Masterclass video, At 24:09 in the video, Corina Belcea started to play. I was really amazed at her playing, but more the sound of her instrument. Before I saw the video, Ive never heard of her. So I did a Google search, got to a Wikipedia page, and got some info. I wanted to specifically find out what violin she plays, as the violin in the video had this amazing, sweet sound that I've never heard before. Now I've heard a few Stradivarius violins, like Vengerov, David Garrett, Joshua Bell(Live), Anne Akkiko Meyers, Andre Rieu, etc
  22. An argument against excessive polishing?