Tourte and Vienna

Tourte and Vienna

Why did Beethoven  ignore the technological progress of the French..   We were delighted to be invited to speak at the symposium “Le Violon c’est l’archet” – bows from the time of Beethoven and Paganini held at the Kunsthistoriches Museum…

 

James d’aquisto

James d’aquisto

Guitar Heroes and the holy grail of the American Mandolin..   James D’Aquisto was one of the iconic makers of the American archtop guitar. In 1971 he created his own design of mandolin applying the proven aesthetics of the New…

 

Architetto del Suono

Architetto del Suono

Our contribution to the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gaspar da Salo..   In 2008 we were flown to Salo on the banks of Lake Garda to speak at a conference at the birthplace of Gaspar da Salo, half a millennium after he…

 

Daniel Achatius Stadlmann

Daniel Achatius Stadlmann

A treasure from the collection of the Barons Albert and Nathaniel Rothschild..   This extraordinary instrument belonged to the collection of the barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild. The collection was put into safekeeping by the Austrian government in 1938…

 

Giovanni Grancino

Giovanni Grancino

A rare example from the golden-period of Milanese lutherie..   Four instruments of this sort are known, made in Milan by either Giovanni Grancino or Carlo Giuseppe Testore and spanning a period of approximately fifty years from the 1660s. Their original function…