My good colleague Kim Tipper in British Columbia and I were interviewed for this article on violin making. The writer nicely outlines some of the issues of making a fine violin today and comparing contemporary violins with older instruments.
Though there are a few errors, for example.
“Stradivarius.org reports that da Salo crafted double basses and violas [...]
In the workshop, I’ve been busy varnishing a Stradivari model cello and another Guarneri violin on order. My assistant in the next room is making a copy of a viola made by G.P. Maggini in Brescia from the early 1600’s.
The work of Stradivari and Guarneri vary in many ways but the construction methods used were [...]
This week I flew to Washington to visit the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. Both museums have great collections of string instruments and in particular I went to see the Stradivari ‘Servais’ cello from 1701. I already had some information on the ‘Servais’. The purpose of this trip was to gather more information, measurements, [...]
With the start of the new academic year and concert season, it’s been a busy time in the workshop. On the restoration front, we’ve had some interesting instruments come in for repair. Photographed below are some of the instruments we have now for repair work.
Elophen Poirson violin, Lyon, 1910.
Antonio Stradivari violin, 1700.
Hill viola, London, 1810.
On my centre bench is a new cello with a poplar back that’s almost complete. I am now giving the varnish a final polish and setting up the instrument.
In the foreground is the beginning of another cello. The back, sides and neck will be made from maple. In the photo the two centre ribs are [...]
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Pictured on the bench is the Stradivari model cello my assistant and I are making. Inside the sides have been reinforced with cloth.
Stradivari reinforced the sides of his cellos with linen cloth. The sides on our cello [...]