The Insider's Guide to Buying a String Instrument (10th October 2020)

Sean Bishop

Nicolo Gagliano

Recordings are available in your account for 30 days from purchase date (or 30 days from class date if you attended live).

Daunted by buying a stringed instrument? Don't know where to start? Was Stradivari a genius? What is the difference between a Stradivari and Guarneri and how to tell what model your violin is? Old versus new? How to select a violin?

So many unknowns, but don't worry, this class will help you develop the confidence to make a good purchase.

We are delighted to welcome Sean, director of Bishop instruments & bows, one of Europe's premier instrument shops, to discuss the following topics:

1. Basic history: who made the first violin?

2. From Maggini to today's makers

3. Stradivari: was he a genius?

4. Guarneri family: was Del Gesu that good?

5. How to tell the difference between these makers

6. Easy tips to tell how good a violin/viola/cello is

7. What to look for in a new violin

8. Old v new makers, what is best?

9. Undervalued makers

10. Q&A


Sat 17. October 2020, 8:00–8:45 Recorded Class

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Price: €20.00

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