Complete Live Recording

Tokyo Lecture 2018

  • 4 hours of professional quality video live recording of my Lecture held at Academy Shimamura on the 11th of July 2018
  • spoken in Italian and translated in Japanese thanks to my host and translator Takumi Takakura
  • 3 hours of video in English a Zoom recording featuring the slide prepared for the lecture commented in Engish
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  • Historical Overview
  • Why did Italian manufacturer have a monopolium on quality strings for the whole baroque and classical period? Where did this "highest level of perfection" came from?
  • Manufacturing process
  • From old treatises and interviews to old string makers, an account on the whole historical process, in use from the 17th century up to the mid 20th
  • Vibrating String Lenght
  • How to chose a correct string lenght when you are commisioned an instrument from an iconography or to be played at a specific pitch
  • Equal Feeling or Equal Tension?
  • Analisys of this dispute which remains one of the hottest between musicians

  • String Tips
  • How to understand if the strings on an instrument are the correct ones, or if something better could be done without acting on soundpost or bridge, just changing a string! Other practical tips and questions.

It was a wonderful opportunity to have Daniela over here in Tokyo lecturing us. I was impressed by her lecture that was so meticulously prepared backed by her deep knowledge, rich experiences and most of all, her passion for this craft. 

Daniela’s first-hand knowledge in manufacturing fields as well as her extensive research experiences created a persuasive ensemble of technical data, stories and practical tips that lifted me steps higher in just a few hours. 

She is also a one-of-a-kind lecturer who goes extra miles to reach out to the audience to invite as many questions as possible to make sure everyone goes out of the room with clear minds, fully satisfied. Being a novice gut-string maker myself, I handed Daniela my home-made gut string and she gave me loads of useful insights beyond my expectation. With her trained eyes, just one piece of string will become a treasure chest of knowledge. 

Thank you Daniela, I can’t wait to have you back here in Asia.

Kenji Yagi

Parchment expert, lecturer and maker

amateur String Maker

Tokyo, Japan

I have studied an article about the manufacturer of gut strings many years ago. Then I met Daniela in an online mastermind group about bowed instrument making and I realized that her knowledge about gut string is profound and her experiences are so rare and also essentially for all of us who love the bowed instruments. But still I didn't realize that she was the author of that beautiful article until she sent me her CV for preparing a workshop on Gut String.

After we conducted 2018 Tokyo Gut String Workshop together, I'm convinced that working with Daniela is essential not only for musicians and luthiers who long to find a relevant historical performance but also for everybody who need a more colorful performance on steel and synthetic strings because studying with Daniela could lead us to a much profund understanding about the great artist in the past and thus change our attitude.

Takumi Takakura

Violin Maker

Director at Takumi Violin Making School,  Hannou city (Saitama prefecture), 

Formerly Teacher at Shimamura Music Techical Academy, Tokyo


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Today we had a wonderful session with a lot of questions, a lot of interaction......and I forgot to

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On the possibility of using fractional cello strings for cello da spalla, and on varnished strings.12th of June

Protetto: Fractional cello strings and varnished strings

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Protetto: First time trying gut strings

Having a dedicated service to know more about Gut Strings was helpful to add more specialist knowledge into my own instrument building, getting the best sound out of each instrument and providing the best comfort for each player.

...after all we are all here to improve our sound production by the end of the day!

Paul Shelley

Violin Maker

Birmingham, United Kingdom

If I have a question, I post it, and I got an answer, because she's there, she's accessible

I am a violin maker, and I am an enthusiast of crafts, I need to do things with my hands. 

The only thing who could prevent me from buying was the money investment, but having met Daniela in a group for Violoncello da Spalla revival, I already knew that she's always helpful and supportive. What definitely convinced me is that she committed so much on trying to have more options for our strings, and also her enthusiasm for silk strings. She's always willing to solve the problem. I know she will help us to find more strings for Violoncello da Spalla, no matter what.

What I like most about the membership is the Whatsapp group. Being connected with others is what drives me on and keeps me focused. I like the fact that, if I have a question, I post it, and I got an answer, because she's there, she's accessible. I know that given her concrete experiences if I will ever try to make my own strings, she will know how to help, and she will actually be willing to help.

Other things I appreciated were all the historical info on string making, the fact that she personally interviewed those old string makers, the videos, the connections she has. And she is also a good communicator.

If you are a violin maker and you want to be accurate with gut strings and baroque set up, the big plan is absolutely worth the money.

Timothy McCluskey

Violin Maker

Berkeley, California USA

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At first I did not know if this membership was right for me but Daniela has many levels of membership and you can try out the service before making the commitment.

Her knowledge, expertise and experience have given me a greater understanding of how strings are made and how to deal with problems that players might face. The content on her website is very informative and I keep going back to refer to it on a regular basis.

The monthly meetings are also a great forum where I can ask questions and receive customized help. I have the premium membership and I would passionately recommend this service to players and instrument makers.

Arber Makri

Violin Maker, Artist

Toronto, Canada

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