New! Thomastik Rondo viola strings are here

We are excited to have our first sets of Rondo strings for viola in stock now!  As I wrote a while back, I am using the Rondo cello strings on my personal instrument and love them more each time I play.  If you have been breaking up your viola string sets and using a...

Memory lane

Alan Rafferty is a cellist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, cello faculty at University of Cincinnati – CCM, and Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Young Artists…and he’s also the young man Yo-Yo Ma is instructing in this photo as part of a...

The endless journey…

Finding the right strings for your instrument can feel like an endless journey.  You can even make a convincing argument that it IS an endless journey – your instrument changes subtly over the years you play it and you change as a musician.  Some people are...

Popular poplar

While most people familiar with the construction of violin family instruments associate maple with the wood of choice for the back and ribs (sides), poplar is also a wonderful and viable option…especially for cellos and violas.  Take a look at this beautiful...

ISSMA virtual solo & ensemble countdown

It’s that time of year again!  Even in these strange pandemic times, students have the opportunity to engage with their instrument and challenge themselves through the ISSMA solo & ensemble events.  We’re about a month away from the actual dates and...

Sloane tuning gears for bass

Another temporary COVID casualty is the production of Sloane bass tuning gears, considered the best available by many people.  I am confident that production will eventually resume, but it was difficult to snag this set of Venetian-style tuners for a Jay Haide bass...