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MANFIO
Good! But I really

wanted a Guarneri cello...

I hope the people from The Strad are reading these posts, and take

a liking to your idea!!!

I'll second that!

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We are indeed listening!

At the moment, plans are for a Lupot in June 2008 (our first French

poster - controversial, I know!) and the 'Titian' Strad in February

2009 (for which we're hoping to go 3-D), but if you can wait until

June 2009 I'll see what I can do!

Any Guarneri cello in particular?

Ariane

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Ah, a Lupot poster! That's great! I really like his violins. And 'Titian'! We're in for a treat.

Personally, I'd like a 'filius Andrea' cello poster. Or the only cello made by del Gesu.

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Hello Ariane, it's nice to see you have joined Maestronet. Surely this will be good for you and for Maestronet members.

If I may be so bold, I would like to make a suggestion.

I understand that your annual buyer's guide is only sent to subscribers, and is not included as a supplement in store-bought issues like other interesting things The Strad includes on occasion. In fact, although I have been buying issues from stores for many years, I only recently learned that you even have an annual buyer's guide.

I must admit, I was very disappointed to learn that only subscribers get one. I prefer buying my issues in-store for among other reasons because the copies are in pristine condition, and as a non-subscribing reader, I cannot remotely understand why it would not be in The Strad's best interest to make sure all readers have a copy of this vital supplement.

In addition to the reader's perspective, those advertising in the buyer's guide are missing out on a significant portion of potential customers if they can only reach some readers in the form of subscribers. Store-bought Strad readers must form a respectable segment of the market.

I can say with certainty that some of your advertisers have missed out on business from me, because I continue to make considerable purchases from vendors I found in the Strings Magazine buyer's guide, and perhaps your buyer's guide has sellers that are not found elsewhere.

Please consider extending the buyer's guide availability to all of your readers.

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Hello Arianne. Sounds like you are asking for a holiday wish list. Well, someday I would love to have a Strad calendar that is all cellos. Something, like your 2008 calendar that showcases the instruments of 12 top players. If that included a Joseph filius, all the better, although I can't think just now who may be playing one.

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Thank you all for your warm welcome and very useful feedback! I'm

glad I can stop lurking in corridors now!

I take your point about the Directory. From our point of view, the

Directory and some of the other supplements are supposed to be

special treats for subscribers, of course in the hope that more

people will subscribe. You can search it for free on our website,

but I understand your frustration at not finding it with your

newsstand copy.

We're currently thinking about ways to improve next year's

Directory anyway, (for example, we're thinking of going back to our

old way of listing auction prices) so I'll certainly take

this into consideration.

Ariane

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Thank You Ariane for your posts!

I should like to say that you have just made me start counting the

days until Feb 2009!  

Yikes, how will I last that long.  410 days!!!!

I liked the fact that as a News Stand buyer of The Strad, I could

go to your site, and see in advance, the entire list of contents,

so that I could either save a trip to the News Stand, or look

forward to it.  I see now that the contents has now been

trimmed down so that the 'Trade Secrets' is not listed.  My

favourite part!

I also liked the predictability of knowing when the posters

would be out, every Dec and June, but that has now changed. I

always tried to get to the News Stand early during those months.

 If it means more, and better posters, then I won't mind.

I will say that I seem to be getting more and more enjoyment out of

The Strad lately, and I would like to take this opportunity to

Thank You and everyone involved with the production of the

magazine.

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Following on from GMM22's comment about pristrine copies in shops, with the implication that mailed copies are not pristine, I would like to raise a subscriber issue that has been bothering me for some time.

Now that Ariane has outed herself, I can target my concern to her!

This relates to the flimsy plastic wrapper that is being used to package the Strads that are sent to subscribers.

I receive mine by post in the US, and pretty frequently the wrappers are damaged and the magazine soiled.

This culminated a couple of days ago with a polite note in my post-box from USPS saying "Dear Postal Customer, we sincerely regret the damage to your mail during handling by the Postal Service..." Attached was the address label for the Strad, but no magazine!!

I realise that poor handling is not within the Strad's control, but good packing is.

Perhaps this is something that the Strad should look into, as it seems to be deterring some potential subscribers and annoying actual ones.

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Hi Ariane! You've mentioned that "and the 'Titian' Strad in February 2009 (for which we're hoping to go 3-D)". What do you mean by 3 D? Plaster casts? I think that plaster (or resin) casts would be a great, great idea, and they would sell a lot too!

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Yeah! With the capability of computer aided machines and high

definition 3D scans of famous instruments coming out,it seems no

problem to run off very accurate copies for arching, scroll, etc.

Dave Gardner

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I subscribed to Strad a few weeks ago and just
received my first issue.  However there was no poster
enclosed.  Are they sent separately now, because in the past I
think they were folded and attached in the magazine.



 



-Peter

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Which months have the Strad poster? Is it fixed ie. every February and August or is it random? Is there an easy way to find out which upcoming months will have a full scale poster?

Just curious

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Hi Everyone,

As we are talking about the Strad Magazine...did everyone whom subsribed/bought the Jan 2008 issue get my Brochure? (Bishop instruments and bows 2008)..........

comments appreciated!

cheers

Sean

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I was just looking trough it and finding it a really fine piece of violin-marketing, probably very effective!

From a makers' perspective I was asking myself if the Guadagnini viola on page 5 was shortened and then re-lengthened again? I think I've usually seen Lapo Cassini spelled with one s: Casini? But all in all very nice.

As for the posters, I think I'd vote for the Joseph filius cello too, or perhaps a nice example of a Ruggieri cello!

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Hi Magnus

Yes Casini is one S. I thought I had it all sorted........maybe for brochure 2009!

The Guadagnini viola was re inlarged by the Hills in 1940. It is an amazing viola, I have seen/had/played about 6 Guad violas in the last year and this is the finest sounding and such a great colour.

cheers

Sean

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