Articles by AndrewDragon

May 2022: I wonder what the last thing was that you did where you were learning to do that something you have carried out for years, on auto pilot, but being shown how to do it ‘better’ by someone else? By ‘better’ I mean maybe more accurately, more efficiently, more…

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March 2022: I really do enjoy all aspects of my work, at the bench, chatting with clients, and also studying the instruments themselves. I feel incredibly lucky to restore instruments. (However, I know it wouldn’t appeal to everyone. Years ago chatting to a sheep farmer in a pub the ‘Farr Bay…

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February 2022: Whatever you do “DON’T BUY ONLINE!!” I need to shout this from the rooftops! During the pandemic many retailers have urged musicians to buy online. I get it. They wanted to maintain sales even though they were occasionally closed for business, and unsure of the future. At one…

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January 2022: ‘Dreary’ January has nearly left us and its time to look forward to 2022 with, hopefully, a little more clarity combined with freedom than we’ve had over the past 2 years! It’s probably also time to take a long hard look at your lovely instrument. In the last…

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December 2021: Many Christmas musical events are happening but if any are cancelled and you are left feeling cheated, please take it from me………inspirational stuff is happening in Cambridge and every year they really do lift my spirits. So, if you have time or the inclination, please do check out…

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November 2021. When do I need a rehair for my bow? How does the bow feel? How does the bow look? Ask yourself these 2 questions and you’ll find the answer. Two beautifully rehaired bows ready to go When your bow has been rehaired with fresh new horse hair, as above,…

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October 2021: Well, that IS the question. A subject that is discussed again and again by violin makers, restorers and players. It comes down to personal preference, but often a player will choose an instrument to try based on its appearance (as well as budget!). For makers copying is very common;…

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September 2021: When are the busiest times for players/musicians? When do you need your instrument to perform to the best of its ability? Summer offers us concerts and festivals indoors and out, and as covid rules have been relaxed this summer we have enjoyed many concert series getting back on track….

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August 2021 The players are back! Unbelievable really but the concerts I have seen over the past four weeks have encouraged me tentatively to look forward to a future of live music. I kicked off, very nervously as this was my first concert since March 2020, by attending the Royal…

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