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Manifattura odierna della corda in budello: come sceglierla e riconoscerne la qualità

articolo comparso sulla rivista "Orfeo", Aprile 2004.

no text - only images!

Tables on Evolution of Strings

in the Violin Family

3 simple charts to check which strings were in use (and in which position) at the time of...

Gut Strings Reports

Is a Varnished String a good Idea?

Learn the secrets of varnished strings in this 20 pages illustrated report, and get access to the sound you deserve (and an easier life)

Roughly Polished ...and why should we care

When I suggest roughly polished strings, I often receive a squint like I am interfering with personal choices.

In this 14 pages illustrated report, I explain why I think there is always a better solution than a hardly polished string, even when you think you are an exception.

Books and Videos

Tables on the Evolution of Strings in the Violin Family. The Book

Have you already downloaded the Tables pdf? had a look?

If you have any question about them this book will probably answer them, narrating the history of strings from a precise point of view: string by string. 

Not just "when were the wound strings invented?" but, more important "in which position were they used?" or, better "when was the wound violin A invented? Why they couldn't make it before?"

Click below to have more details and access the link to buy it from Amazon, Kindle or Paperback

Splendore e decadenza dell’arte cordaia italiana

(only italian)

Interviste con gli ultimi cordai originari di Salle, paese abruzzese di antichissima tradizione cordaia. Confronto e corrispondenze fra le tecniche di lavorazione descritte e alcune fonti dei sec. 17°-19°. Evoluzione delle montature per strumenti ad arco dopo il 1700, con particolare attenzione al trentennio 1920-50, tramite l'epistolario del cordaio Roberto Salerni.

Clicca qui sotto per andare alla pagina con le informazioni e il link per acquistarlo da Amazon, in versione Kindle o Paperback

Live Video Recording Tokyo Lecture

11th July 2018 - 7 Hours of video

Italian, Japanese, English

Complete Live Recording of my lecture in Tokyo, Academy Shimamura, on the 11th of July 2018. The Lecture was held in Italian and translated in Japanese by my kind host Takumi Takakura.

Together with this 4.1/2 hours of video you get also other 2.1/2 hours of Zoom recording in which I go through all of my slide commenting them in English. 

You can have access to these videos with the Premium subscription to my blog. Clik below for more details.

Links

  • Manufactura actual de la cuerda de tripa: Cómo elegirla y reconocer su calidad

    Spanish translation of my article from 2004. Read it from the website luthiersargentinos.com

  • Patrizio Barbieri: "The Roman Gut String Makers 1550-2005", Studi Musicali, Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, anno XXXV - 2006 n.1, pagg. 3-128
    This is the work than more than any other enlightened my curiosity about the history of string making. From this also came the idea of the interviews to the old string makers. I highly recommend it, it's reading its compelling as a novel, but it is highly documented, and all the original sources are quoted completely in the appendix. Unfortunately it is not easy to get it from the web anymore, I am trying to get in touch with the author to ask for a link, or you can ask for it here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/297244679_The_Roman_gut_string_makers_1550-2005 
  • This is one of the first articles I had the chance to review and after so many years I still consider it the most clear and effecive introduction on Gut Strings. It explains issues which are fundamental to know for a better choice of strings. I highly recommend you download it direcly from the website badiarovviolins.com
  • This article by Mimmo Peruffo is the first research work I happened to be involved in. some of the pictures are mine! Download it from the website aquilacorde.com or download the pdf directly by clicking on the icon on the left

What shall we look in paintings Pictures from an exhibition in Venaria Reale, Torino (Italy), of restaured masterpieces

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Good gut strings: where do they come from? What does really make a difference for the quality of

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Breaks are not unpredictable, they're just one of the many things we have to learn how to avoidShort

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