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TAILPIECE Sting in the tail

Titanium continues its rise as a material for instrument fittings

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An acoustically impressive substance with the highest strength-toweight ratio of any pure metal, titanium has recently become a favourite material for instrument fittings. ‘It’s widely recognised as an excellent conductor – for both the wide spectrum of frequencies and the speed at which they are able to pass through it,’ says Liang Li of Stradpet, a Beijing-based fittings manufacturer established in 1997.

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About The Strad

We examine the 1677 ‘Romanov’ Nicolò Amati viola and the Royal Danish Orchestra’s instrument collection. Manfred Honeck explains how playing viola informs his conducting and Linus Roth discusses Weinberg. Plus the first in a two-part Berg Masterclass, with Leila Josefowicz.