Articles by AndrewDragon

Happy New Year!!

For the start of 2024 I thought I would share this beautiful short video with you all. A player who has become a friend, over the years, played viola professionally with Covent Garden Opera House in London. He shares a real interest in all things good about the past, and…

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Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings to all the fantastic players out there who support me by trusting me with their amazing instruments. With all best wishes for a wonderful time over the festive period. ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’   Judith  

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Concerts Galore! November has been such Fun! December promises to be just as good.  Royal Northern Sinfonia, Maltings Berwick, 2nd Nov The programme opened with the RNS wind section playing Amy Beach ‘Pastorale’, Grazyna Bacewicz ‘Wind Quintet’ and Leos Janacek ‘Mladi’. Loved the programme choices! Then they handed over to…

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Time and time again this question is asked of me. My answer is always the same. Let me look after the cleaning for you. By this I mean the inevitable hand perspiration and dirt that really can make an instrument look grubby. Also, players sometimes don’t realise how much sweating,…

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The products I use in restoration are pretty specialized. From aged wood to fungi! Here’s a little insight. Wood Matching This can mean using wood (see picture above) that I have stored for many years that has darkened in colour and is age appropriate to the instrument I am working…

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A Maker’s Signature

I want to share with you a few photos of a violin I worked on recently. It is a Matthew Hardie & Son, made in Edinburgh. The date has been written over so the exact date on the label is indistinguishable but by 1824 the business was being advertised as…

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I am currently working on a research project in my spare(!) time. I’m trying to find out as much as I can about a specific violin maker who lived in Berwick upon Tweed in the 19th Century. In his day he was one of the best! I started this journey…

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The Tools Are Taking Over!

What colour is my sitting room carpet again? Time spent away from the bench this month has had me preparing for a tool sale that our Trustees will run for our charity www.rabtrust.org. These are all specialist tools donated to us from retired or sadly deceased makers/restorers. They and their…

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No Nails Please!

When violins were first made in the early 17th century, they were simpler than they are today. They had necks nailed into place that were not designed to be removed. The nails were handmade and substantial so the neck stock had to be large to accommodate the nail.  Some of…

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