Tag Archives: Stradivari

Back from the Cambridge adventure

In my last post I told you about the invitation of the Consortium for Guitar Research, to come to Cambridge and deliver a paper on the Stradivari project. It was fantastic. Three days of meeting great people interested and specialized … Continue reading

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Thicknessing plates

At school thicknessing the soundboard, sides and back of the guitar always was a lengthy process: After joining the outside was made flat and sanded (soundboards got there rose before sanding). We had to measure the plate with a large … Continue reading

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The magic of roses…

One very characteristic element in early guitars is the use of black and colored mastic for inlays. Like in the border around the sound hole or intricate patterns on the soundboard. A little graft is made and cut pieces of bone, … Continue reading

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Hear the 1679 “Sabionari” guitar by Stradivari…

Diego Cantalupi plays “Giga da Arcangelo Corelli” on the 1679 “Sabionari” guitar by Antonio Stradivari. The Sabionari is the oldest guitar we know by Stradivari. Besides that it’s also the only one of the five surviving examples that’s playable. It’s great … Continue reading

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“The Beast”

It’s going rather well at the shop. Getting in a work flow I haven’t had in years. Nice projects and great things to come. One of the projects taken up again is “The Beast” a reconstruction of the largest Stradivari … Continue reading

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A little video…

A week ago two reporters of the local television station came to the shop to make a short item about guitar making. It was aired in their program ‘Campustalk‘. The language is Dutch (maybe Youtube may generate some translated subtitles). … Continue reading

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Stradivari Sunday: Sam Zygmuntowicz

A lecture about Stradivari by one if the greatest contemporary violin makers Sam Zygmuntowicz (the other is probably Dmitry Badiarov).

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Stradivari Sundays: Five centuries of violin making

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the “Messiah” by Antonio Stradivari, the first sunday of every month is “Stradivari Sunday”. Here is a lecture by Stewart Pollens, about five centuries of violin making. And the history of violin modification… Stewart … Continue reading

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The Stradivari Sundays…

One of the most iconic and copied instruments in the world, the Messiah” (or “Messie”), by Antonio Stradivari turns 300 this year. I intend to celebrate this fact by making the first sunday of every month to be “Stradivari Sunday”. With … Continue reading

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The decorated Spanish Cello

It’s considered to one of the masterpieces of Antonio Stradivari. The “Bass of Spain” was made in 1696 and is one of only eleven highly decorated instruments the old master made. It was aquired by King Felipe V of Spain in … Continue reading

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