Old Wood Colours & Varnishes

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The Strad on Twitter: "A poster from The Strad, August 1890. Special offer on new ones: just enter 3for2 at checkout: http://t.co/UTpXPdbFbo http://t.co/kXphCk5kz2"

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The Violin Experience

Video 08 : Oil Natural Colours first application

Video 03 : Italian G Ground - B

Video 01 : Protein insulation

The Strad on Twitter: "Cellist Stephen Kates's widow is sued over the 2011 sale of his Montagnana cello: http://t.co/g71osgYA81 http://t.co/fIFzgpwzT4"

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Nicola Benedetti: Children should learn just one instrument

Middle-class parents should stop forcing their children to learn more than one musical instrument because they fail to reap the rewards of hard practice, one of the world’s leading young violinists has warned.<p>Nicola Benedetti, 25, said privileged children were often presented with too many choices …

Investing

Academy of St Martin in the Fields – review

Commemorating Britten is what every self-respecting ensemble is doing in this centenary year, but the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF) made …

A copy of the 'Betts' Stradivari was presented to @librarycongress last week. Can you tell which is the original? http://t.co/UKQai6HrZK

Happy 125th birthday, Concertgebouw

You never forget your first time. Sitting in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam waiting for its resident orchestra to start a concert when you have never …

Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood

<b>Switzerland is home to some of the best violin makers in the world. But how do they know which tree will make a top quality violin? A wander through the forest with a master tree picker gives an idea of the enormous experience and instinct required.</b><p>Just any tree will not do when combing a forest in …