The Cozio Carteggio

The Cozio Carteggio takes its name from Count Cozio’s notebooks, which form the first historical record of fine instruments and their makers. Each week, the Carteggio publishes features about the string world, from expert commentary on historic instruments and bows, to interviews with musicians and analysis of the string market. Contributors will include Carlo Chiesa, John Dilworth, Philip J. Kass and many other experts.

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Stradivari’s moulds

Tracing the journey of Stradivari's workshop moulds from Count Cozio's collection to Cremona’s Museo del Violino reveals conflicting accounts of how many actually survive

By Nicholas Sackman

Antonio Stradivari made his violins by utilising a thick (c.14 mm) wooden mould or ‘form’, to which the four C-bout corner blocks, together with the top and bottom blocks, were lightly glued, and around which the thin lengths of rib were shaped and then strongly glued to the blocks.

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