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  • צליל מכוון מאוד

     

    צליל מכוון מאוד

    יעל רוזנבלום בונה כינורות בקרמונה שבאיטליה, עירם של סטרדיוורי וגוארנרי. את הלכה לציפוי כלי הנגינה היא מבשלת על גג הבית, את החורפים היא מבלה בבית מלאכה נוסף בתל אביב, ויש לה תובנות מקוריות על מה שבאמת קובע את איכות הצלי

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