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Antonio Stradivari

Any violinist, or lover of music for that matter, has heard the name Stradivarius. The name is practically synonymous with the violin. But what many may not know is that Stradivarius is the Latinized form of Stradivari, the last name...

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Family of Italian Violin Makers

The early life of Antonio Stradivari has long been debated by historians, if for any other reason than the fact that there aren’t many official documents available from the time of his birth. Depending on who you ask, his birth...

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What is a Stradivarius?

Stradivarius is the name applied to any of the violins, violas, cellos, and other string instruments built by members of the Stradivari family. Also called “Strads,” these instruments are prized around the world as being the pinnacle of sound engineering....

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Top 5 Best Violin Makers of All Time

Professional violin makers are called luthiers, and they practice a fine art that has been passed down for over four centuries. While the history of the violin is shrouded in mystery, the oldest violin still in existence was made in...

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How to Clean a Violin

When you rent or purchase a violin, performing routine maintenance on the instrument is essential for keeping its appearance and performance top-notch. While certain types of maintenance are recommended to be performed by a skilled luthier, other types, such as...

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The History of the Violin Explained

The violin is one the world’s most treasured bowed stringed instruments with a lineage that dates to the sixteenth century. But as old as the violin is, its design was inspired by a few much older stringed instruments – the...

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Violin Facts You May Not Know

The violin is an instrument that transcends musical genres. It is featured in just about every type of music known to man, from classical and jazz to rock and bluegrass. It even works beautifully as a solo instrument.  But as...

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Violin Storage Tips

When you’re not playing your violin, it is important to practice proper violin storage because this helps protect your instrument from a variety of things that can damage it, such as dust, extreme temperatures, and changes in humidity. In this...

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