Here's a guide to assess quality and value for violin, viola and cello, as well as a general price guide for entry-level to professional quality instruments.
Instruments, Bows, and Gear
It was love at first bow, but it was years before Emily Wright would be surprised with a lifelong reunion with "Henri," the cello of her dreams.
Efficiency in instrumental practice is essential, and this practice can be broken into two parts: building time and performing time.
The Stroh violin, or Strohviol, as it is also known, was invented and patented in 1899 & revolutionized the classical violin & the nascent music-recording industry.
Beloved as much for the way it sounds as the way it looks, the Hardanger is a stunning piece of folk art, reflective of a rural homeland in Norway.
We asked Ryan McLaughlin, of all the instruments that have passed through his hands, which one does he most wish he could have kept? What made it special?
Here’s a primer describing some of the relevant bonafides you might run into the next time you’re exploring the works of modern violin makers.
Born of Redwood, Pinesap, and Cow Tendons: Andrew Carruthers’ Redwood Violin Project takes the ‘Go Local’ Mindset to Extremes
“Inspired by the ‘Go Local’ movement, which I really believe in, the initial idea was to build a violin out of materials from within in a 25-mile radius of my home."
One Violinist, One Violin… and Six Armed Guards: Francesca Dego on What It’s Like to Play Paganini’s ‘Il Cannone’
When Niccolò Paganini needed a powerful new violin, he found (or was given) an instrument by Guarneri del Gesù. He called it “Il Cannone” (the Cannon) and used it for the rest of his life.