As he approaches retirement, Timms is acutely aware that he is indeed “the trustee” of a long tradition of English case making.
Instruments, Bows, and Gear
Musicians create a signature sound. Composers do, too, obviously, and have over the centuries. Why not violin makers?
Mia Pixley’s Ripple Cello, Made with Luthier Andrew Carruthers, Pushes the Boundaries of Conventional Instrument Making
The Ripple cello blurs the lines between an electric and acoustic instrument.
A pochette, an 18th-century violin about 2/3 the size of a standard adult violin with a proportionately larger fingerboard, has contributed immensely to modern dance music, including hip-hip.
It often comes as a surprise to learn how unreliable that paper label pasted inside your instrument can be in identifying an instrument's maker, age, and place of origin.
By Philip J. Kass There’s a famous tale that everyone in the world of violins eventually learns. This tale involves the competition for the design of the vi... Read More...
The story of the development of Tourte's bows—now the gold standard in bow design—illustrates the interplay of influence among bows, instruments, and musical style.
The Italian city of Mantua was home to some of the most important violin makers in history, including Pietro Guarneri, Camillo de Camilli, Tommaso Balestrieri, and Stefano Scarampella.
Every violin f-hole looks like its twin, and they all look the same. But this is not the case with classical makers, especially the Italians of the Golden Period.
The TekPin is a cello endpin designed to support the instrument at a vertical angle, intended to reduce the weight the cello puts on a player’s body.