You Can Spot a Fake Stradivarius By the Tree Rings in the Wood

Of the many theories swirling around why legendary Stradivarius violins are so great (aside from, you know, it's just all in our heads), almost all have something to do with the wood. Maybe it was trees growing in a Little Ice Age or logs being stored in Venice lagoons or a special wood preservative. It makes sense,… » 9/26/14 4:00pm 9/26/14 4:00pm

You'll Wish You Were a Violin Maker By the Time This Video's Done

Filmmaker Dustin Cohen is creating a series of short films entitled Made in Brooklyn featuring talented artists and craftsmen living and working in New York. Episode one profiles Samuel Zygmuntowic, a violin maker, and by the end of the video you might be tempted to swap your keyboard, hammer, or whatever tools you… » 3/08/12 12:40pm 3/08/12 12:40pm

Gavari's Attempt to Reinvent the Violin Will Be an Uphill Battle

Having actually held a Stradivarius once in my life, I can appreciate a musician's desire to possess and play these 300-year-old works of playable art. That said, the future looks pretty damn cool too. Question is, how will it sound? » 11/01/09 4:00pm 11/01/09 4:00pm