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An Insider’s Guide to Violin Labels

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.
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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 ins... Read More...
The Great Groove Band at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Photo by: Susan Deckhart.

12 Questions Violinists Ask About Fiddling

There are as many styles of fiddling as there are communities with fiddlers in them. Here are 12 questions that classical violin players frequently ask about fiddling.