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Editor’s letter


Since Antonio Stradivari’s death over 280 years ago, scholars and luthiers have been poring over his magnificent creations. That new discoveries continue to be made is nothing short of remarkable. This month’s cover story on page 30 – the second of two articles written jointly by luthiers Andrea Zanre and Philip Ihle – provides a wealth of important insights into the development of the master’s craft. By applying a new dating approach termed ‘morphochronology’ to the twelve Stradivari violin moulds in Cremona’s Museo del Violino, it is possible for the first time to place in chronological order these important templates, and to speculate on some that have been lost – thereby demonstrating the methodical consistency of Stradivari’s approach to altering the violin form.

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We conclude our investigation of Stradivari’s moulds and examine some radical teaching methods. Vadim Gluzman, Philip Dukes and Matthew Barley are interviewed and there’s our annual Accessories supplement, featuring carbon fibre bows, wolf eliminators, mutes and lots more.