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June 30, 2021

Violin Guarneri Ysaye by Edgar Russ

Hello everybody, Today I’d like to introduce to you my latest Master violin, a copy of the Guarneri “Ysaye”. It was completed in 2021 and what I personally like about this violin is that it’s clearly recognisable as the Ysaye Guarneri, but someone who is also an expert of violinmaking can see my taste and

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June 29, 2021

My new Patreon series

Hello everybody, welcome back to the blog! As you might already know, some time ago I opened a Patreon channel to create a community for everyone who is interested in violinmaking. Your support has been great and I can’t wait to create new things for my Patrons. So, today, I am happy to introduce you

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June 23, 2021

Festival Bled – 2021

Let’s meet @Festival Bled, in Slovenia, from the 9th to the 11th of July! Discover and play my latest instruments! Contact me to fix an appointment, See you in Bled, Edgar    

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May 7, 2021

String Slots on the Bridge, a detail worth looking at!

Hello everybody, over the years I’ve done some videos about the bridge (you can have a look at them here and here), but recently I got an interesting question from a subscriber that asked my opinion on string slots! At first you might thing is not a really interesting subject, but it’s actually a great topic

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May 7, 2021

Wolf Tones

Hello hello! Today we will talk about wolf tones, a problem that concerns a lot of musicians: viola, viola, cello and double bass players all have at least once in their life had to face this problem. I get a lot of messages regarding this matter, asking if it is a good sign, a bad

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March 17, 2021

Why the Thickness matters!

Hello!  Today I collected some pieces of wood I am working on, where the next step is making the thicknesses.  The question for today is “What happens if the thicknesses are not good? If the violin is too thin or too thick?” Opinions go in all directions, there are some makers that think if you

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Best wood for Edgar Russ' master instruments
March 17, 2021

How to choose wood

Ciao a tutti!  Today we will talk about choosing the right wood for your instrument! I am full of pieces in my workshop, but most of them are actually stored outside Cremona, at my house. If I need some pieces I bring them in town in the workshop and in case I need more room in

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Vo MM Strad basso
March 17, 2021

The best violinmaking tools

Hello hello!  Today I will talk about my favorite tools. Every craftsman has a special relationship with his tools, and finding the right ones is a very important part of creating your workshop. One of the tools I love the most is the one I bough the first time I came to Cremona and was

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March 17, 2021

Wood preparation

Buongiorno a tutti,  I am currently working on a top and getting ready to apply my wood preparation, which I always put both inside and outside.  Historically speaking, around 1600, italian makers started to use a certain treatment: a thin protein layer, which is very likely something similar to what I am going to explain

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November 9, 2020

Cremona, Italy, within a click!

Cremona has never been so close to you! An exclusive online shop, the possibility to hear every instrument played, a violin configurator and much more.. from the safety of your home! Discover our projects to make you feel in Cremona.

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September 27, 2020

MondoMusica 2020 – Day 3

For the third day of MondoMusica I decided to bring you with me, visiting some exhibitions and meeting some of my colleagues here in the city centre of Cremona!

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September 25, 2020

MondoMusica 2020 – Day 1

Dear Friends, 2020 is a very particular year: all of us have changed our daily lives even quicker than usual. For this reason, I decided to bring you with me to Cremona during this year's edition of MondoMusica via my Youtube channel!

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June 15, 2020

Available & Listen!

Hear, see and feel the character of every instrument available in my workshop by clicking "Available & Listen" on my online shop.

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May 8, 2020

Join my community on Patreon!

A new project has just launched. My new Patron community is now live to give you additional exclusive materials regarding violinmaking via different options! Check it out.

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April 27, 2020

Weekly live from home

Since the lockdown started on March 11th I had the idea to go live on my youtube channel every Monday at 14:00 Italian time to answer all of your questions regarding stringed instruments and violinmaking.

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Violin Making by Edgar Russ, paint and varnish
March 6, 2020

How to store your Varnish

Preparing the varnish is just the first step of the whole process, storing it in ideal conditions is the second. Also varnish needs some TLC (tender, love, care), so discover my guidelines about the right place and storage for these special liquids.

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Workshop of Edgar Russ Luthier in Cremona
March 6, 2020

My Spirit Varnish Recipe

Spirit varnish is nothing else then varnish made with alcohol. There is a lot of secrecy around the perfect recipe, which is certainly very important. I would recommend you to experiment it and maybe you will make up your mind.

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March 6, 2020

Preparing the Oil for the Oil Varnish

Curious about the steps to prepare the oil varnish? You can use different types of oil, the most important detail is that the oil is not saturated: this means it’s still going to make a chemical reaction and be combined with other particles. Continue reading here!

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Sound Adjustment Edgar Russ
March 6, 2020

Introduction to Varnishing in Violinmaking

This topic seems to be full of secrets: people are talking so much about it that is even believed that there is a “magic varnish” you apply on the violin and that makes it sound incredible. Spoiler alert: it does not exist. 

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Sound Adjustment Edgar Russ
October 30, 2019

The importance of Sound Adjustment

Sound adjustment is the beating heart for every stringed instrument. As soon as you receive your instrument in your hands, this interesting and delicate process begins. There are plenty of tiny details which you have to consider and take into account before playing your instrument and get the most out of it!

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Tailpiece Distance Edgar Russ
October 10, 2019

Tailpiece Distance

The correct ideal Tailpiece distance is also a fundamental part of your instrument. If it is too short it would act like a backpack while you are trying to run your new record. If it is too long it increases wolf tones.

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String Height Edra Russ
October 10, 2019

The perfect String Height

The string height makes part of the sound adjustment since it interferes directly with the angle of the strings over the bridge. But besides this impact you as a musician have to keep up with the consequences. If the string height is too high, on one hand it might hurt for beginners, while on the other it is loved by professionals.

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Upper Nut Edgar Russ
October 10, 2019

The Upper Nut

Before focusing on details commonly known by most makers and musicians, I would like to catch your attention on an apparently insignificant part of the sound of your instrument: the upper nut.

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September 16, 2019

The Diamond Violin

Today I would like to invite you to hold on for a while and reflect on how your dream instrument could look like. Start today to draw your picture of your dream instrument decorated with precious stones, mother of pearl, silver and gold.

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September 16, 2019

MondoMusica 2019 at Edgar’s Workshop

You are all officially invited to come to my workshop during the three days of MondoMusica 2019, held in Cremona, Italy. A free breakfast or "aperitivo" will wait for you, while you will play the instruments!

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Soundpost Edgar Russ
January 10, 2019

The perfect Soundpost position

Since I am asked often where the soundpost should be here a short introduction regarding this crucial matter. Before we come to the position itself, I have to point out that the soundpost is actually not a single part which can make its duty all by itself.

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