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Missy Raines Plays a 1930s Bass That Once Belonged to Her Father

By Laurence Vittes | From the January-February 2021 issue of Strings magazine The success of Missy Raines’ 2018 Grammy-nominated Royal Traveller album, hailed by the Bluegrass Situation as “an open and honest telling of the realities of a life in…


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Letter From New Orleans

By Mark Rubin I backed up the U-Haul truck, now fully loaded with all my worldly possessions, and headed out of Austin for the last time as a local resident, and the truth is, it was easier than I expected.…

The AFVBM Talks Trade in Berkeley

By Megan Westberg The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers (AFVBM) met in Berkeley last week to talk about all things technical and trade related. Speakers were drawn from the organization’s membership, and the meeting’s sessions ran the gamut…


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Strings Sessions Presents: Sara Caswell & 9 Horses

Sara Caswell & 9 Horses stopped by the Strings studio to perform music off their latest album, Perfectest Herald. Standing in for 9 Horses’ bassist Shawn Conley is Jonathan Green, who admitted he hadn’t had a jazz gig in years —…

Finding the Beauty in Violin Repairs

Behind the scenes: Repairing violins can be more than restoring function to a damaged fiddle, it can be art By Andrew Carruthers You never know what you’ll find opening up an old stringed instrument. Players may know that their violin,…