Marlea Simpson tends to describe her relationship with her viola in strongly affectionate terms, using words like “fun,” “beautiful,” and “ready for anything.”
Instruments, Bows, and Gear
Strings asked violinist and collector David Fulton, who owns both the 1735 d’Egville Guarneri del Gesù and the 1898 Voller copy, to compare the two.
This is the story of how Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters got his fiddle—a family heirloom with a history of loss and new beginnings.
Having a relaxed bow hold is not only good for our playing, but also for our bodies. Here are a few tips on how to best achieve a relaxed bow hold on violin or viola.
Iris Carr is one of the go-to luthiers for violin restoration work, particularly neck grafts and detailed retouching, thanks to her eye for texture and color.
Luthier David Wiebe reflects on the contributions of Andrea Amati, the "father of the modern violin," and his brother, Girolamo.
Leatherwood Bespoke has developed what it is calling ecoRosin—a vegan, environmentally friendly rosin with recipes for violin, viola, and cello.
Numerous listening tests have shown that even expert listeners have trouble telling nominally very different violins apart.
There is something lovable about unusual bows, as strange as they may be.
Robert Cohen traded in a famous Stradivari cello for a younger Tecchler—30 years later, he's as dazzled by its sound & feel as he was the day he first played it.