During a visit to the National Music Museum I had a chance to examine the 1693 Harrison Strad, up close. Holding an instrument in one’s hands reveals details you otherwise cannot observe. The way the varnish has worn over 220 years, the subtleties of the edgework, the organic unity of this instrument. The breathtaking beauty, texture and radiance of the varnish is even more amazing than it appears in this video.
A traditional method of adding strength without significant weight to cello ribs is gluing linen strips to the inside of the ribs. Many great makers such as Stradivari employed this technique. But just how much strength is added can be seen in this demonstration.
Acoustic Carving a Violin Bridge
Arching on a back up close
Finishing Violin Scroll