Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Women at the Workbench

By Andy Fein, Luthier at Fein Violins,
Mikaela Marget, and Ivana Truong

Do female violinmakers even exist?? 
del Gesu scroll

One difficult aspect of researching female violin makers pre-20th century is that there were strict laws across Europe that forbade women from owning individual property or having control of their own income. In addition, pre-20th century stigmas about what instruments were considered "proper" for women to study may have made women uncomfortable about publicly working on or playing violins, violas, or cellos. In many places, it wasn't even acceptable for women to carry a stringed instrument in public! 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Round or Octagonal Bows- Which Are Better? The Definitive Answer

By Andy Fein, Luthier at Fein Violins and
Ivana Truong

A round bow or an octagonal bow- Which is better???? 

The absolute, definitive, very, very correct answer is...

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stradivaris, Amatis, Guarneris, and more at the Smithsonian

By Andy Fein, Luthier at Fein Violins
Ivana Truong

This is Presidents weekend and maybe a few people have Washington, D.C. on their minds. Do you know the American people own a tremendous number of historic instruments? The collections of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian are treasures of the United States and belong to each and every American.
The inlay on the Side of the Scroll of the Greffuhle Stradivarius violin

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Stringed Instruments of the Royal Academy, from 1676 to Modern

By Andy Fein, Luthier at Fein Violins
and Ivana Truong

On this blog, we love to talk about some very specific, admittedly esoteric, stringed instrument topics- from All About Tailpieces to Tarahumara Violins- but now we're going to take a pause and do something that everyone can appreciate. We're going to take a look at some beautiful instruments that belong to the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The 'Archinto' Stradivarius viola, 1696