$10 Million Proved to be Too Much for the Kreuzer Violin This Time Around

$10 Million Proved to be Too Much for the Kreuzer Violin This Time Around

The recent sealed bid auction at Christies for what many anticipated would end up being one of the most expensive instruments ever sold didn’t quite live up to (the very high) expectations as it didn’t reach the reserve price. It did however give us the chance to see and hear a fine old instrument. This auction was for the 1731 violin made by Antonio Stradivari that has become known as

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TLC For Your Bow

TLC For Your Bow

Your violin bow is subject to all kinds of stresses, strains and wear and tear. The correct maintenance, repair and restoration work can help to keep it in top condition, keep it playing like it should and can help to prolong its life. If your bow seems like it may not be playing at its best what sort of things should you be looking out for? Hair worn out –

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Alessandro Mezzadri Violin turns up…after 40 years in a cupboard!

Alessandro Mezzadri Violin turns up…after 40 years in a cupboard!

One of probably only 100 Mezzadri vilolins has turned up after being kept in a New York bedroom cupboard for 40 years. Alessandro Mezzadri was a violin maker in Northern Italy in the early 1700s. Valued at $100,000 the 275 year old violin belonged to George Szabo and was kept at home by his wide Kathleen after his death. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/02/27/rare_mezzadri_violin_surfaces_in_north_york.html

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Is ‘Deliberate Practice’ Really the Key to Being a Great Violin Player?

Is ‘Deliberate Practice’ Really the Key to Being a Great Violin Player?

As anyone who has played one or several instruments on a regular basis over several years can testify, a love and an enthusiasm for the instrument(s) you play that doesn’t seem to diminish over time is something that you need to keep playing. It may also be true that having some success in learning i.e. improving is also a key in motivator. We often hear that practice makes perfect, most

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Viral Hit on YouTube for Violinist Lindsey Sterling

One of the latest viral hit YouTube videos is for a violist called Lindsey Stirling. Since posting the new video for her own original song ‘Beyond the Veil’ on YouTube 3 weeks ago the video has achieved nearly 3 million views! Lindsey has over 4.5 million views for her YouTube channel. You can see what all the fuss is about by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg7L0OQiN78

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What Does Your Violin Label Really say About Your Instrument?

What Does Your Violin Label Really say About Your Instrument?

When it comes to identifying and authenticating old violins the label inside the violin can of course be a helpful factor. These labels were made of hand printed laid paper before 1850, and wove paper after 1850. There is a difference in appearance between the 2 types and the manufacturing process of the wove paper labels means that they tend not to wear as well. As you would expect a

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Reference Books For Violin Repairs?

Reference Books For Violin Repairs?

Ever wondered what reference books violin repairers / restorers use for reference? There are so many different violins by so many different makers over the centuries so the reality is that many different sources of reference and years of experience are used to bring about most successful repairs. One of the main reference texts that you are likely to find on the violin repairer’s shelf however is what is known

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What is “Muscle Memory” and How Does It Help Your Playing?

What is “Muscle Memory” and How Does It Help Your Playing?

Muscle Memory or “Motor Learning” is the reason you can play anything more than simple, slow parts on any instrument over time. Playing any music involves some kind of interaction between the muscles (usually of the hands) and the brain. We are not born to naturally play the violin, cello or any other stringed instrument so our body as well as our brain must be taught. The problem is that

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How to Choose the Right Violin for You

How to Choose the Right Violin for You

When it comes to buying a new (and sometimes quite old) violin to play you need to be sure that you’re making the right choice. Ultimately of course the sound and tone plus the general feel of a violin have to appeal to you and your personal needs and preferences, as does the price tag. To help you to select an instrument that will serve you well in all other

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What’s In A Violin Oil Varnish?

What’s In A Violin Oil Varnish?

What’s In A Violin Oil Varnish? The varnish on your violin is a very visible aspect of the instrument and yet it’s something that you may not have thought a great deal about. Varnishes for violins tend to be either oil varnish, or sprit based varnish (also known as shellac) and in this post we’ll take a look at oil varnish. Oil Varnish One of the reasons why we still

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