Nathaniel Ayers: Journey from Juilliard to Skid Row

Today, his life is about film and book projects by Louise Lee In some ways, Nathaniel Ayers at age 57 is a typical adult beginner on the violin. Taking his first lesson just this March, he spent the session working…

American Bass Viol

Pilgrim’s Pride

What stories lurk in the church bass-ment? This forgotten New England lutherie tradition reportedly was born of a jackknife and a couple of wood blocks By Erin Shrader “They’re awfully ugly,” opines violin auctioneer Jason Price at the mention of…

Peg compound

A Primer on Pegs

By Erin Shrader “Pegs don’t get a lot of respect,” says Eric Meyer, a Portland, Oregon, craftsman whose handmade fittings grace some of the world’s great instruments. “People think of them kind of like tires. They wear out and you…


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The Effects of a Tailpiece on Tone

By Erin Shrader “It’s amazing how they are overlooked in terms of aesthetics and function,” marvels Eric Meyer, when asked about tailpieces. “Especially since they sit right in the middle of the top of the instrument.” Meyer is passionate about…

Anner Bylsma

The First Impressionist

Cellist Anner Bylsma Rhapsodizes Luigi Boccherini, Whose Chamber Works Are Ripe for Rediscovery By David M. Brin Anner Bylsma has been at the forefront of the Baroque revival. His recitals have an air of freshness and spontaneity, and his performances…


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