Articles by AndrewDragon

‘fame’ 1. the state of being widely known or recognised ‘genius’ 1. a person with exceptional ability, esp. of a highly original kind. ‘admiration’ 1. pleasurable contemplation or surprise 2. a person or thing that is admired …….from Collins English Dictionary. September 2022: Being extremely good at something and being…

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August 2022: Violin making in this country is in safe hands. A quarter of a century ago, I was a committee member and part of a team who created the BVMA, the British Violin Making Association. We brought together every violin maker and restorer across the country by establishing this…

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July 2022: Many players who come to me ask various questions about insurance. It’s sometimes quite a baffling subject and I try to answer their questions as simply as I can. So, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at some of the reasons why…

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June 2022: Saturday night, Alnwick Playhouse, and I find myself attending the ‘What A Wonderful World Festival’ on June 25.  The 4-day festival highlighted the never-ending questions of sustainability. Speakers, artists and activists took to the stage to share their thoughts with us. Saturday night was a display of amazing artists…

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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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