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Water, water, water, water…

I’m going to be a broken record for a few weeks while we’re experiencing extreme cold – stable temperature and humidity are goals worth pursuing for your beloved string instrument.  For solid-wood basses and cellos, this is a trying time.  We...

Well…that was brutal!

We have a few days reprieve from some of the coldest winter weather I can remember.  The fact that it occurred over nearly two weeks when most schools were out and buildings were cold didn’t help our local orchestra directors!  We have seen an unprecedented...

2018 is here…and not much has changed.

I guess I’ve never been much for New Year’s Resolutions.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with them and I’m as big a fan of fresh starts as the next person.  I’m even willing to lay some of my aversion to making big changes on January...

Did you know?

As 2017 draws to a close, I thought I’d play a game of “did you know?”… Did you know that Encore… offers price matching from respected sources on strings and accessories? offers 100% trade-up on instruments purchased here? routinely...

Fear of better options

A now-defunct appliance store ran a series of radio ads talking about “FOBO” – fear of better options.  I chuckled every time it came on because that perfectly describes one of the most anxiety-causing factors when searching for an instrument or a...

What a week!

We’re still catching our breath after having SYBARITE5 play an amazing concert in our new showroom AND having a grand-opening reception this past Saturday night.  The rooms are looking better than ever with our seating area finished, artwork hung, and new...

Refining our new space

When I think of tweaking, I’m usually envisioning a different tailpiece on an instrument, or possibly a different set of strings, or maybe a soundpost adjustment… As anyone who has moved into a new apartment or home knows, it takes a while to get the space...

Visit with Eugene Holtier, violin maker

One of the wonderful facets of my position here is that I get to work closely with violin makers.  As a group, I find violin makers fascinating.  The field attracts all kinds of personalities…but I have yet to find a boring violin-maker!  My hope is always to...

Lawrence Wilke cello no.169 arriving!

It’s always an exciting day when we get a cello from our good friend Larry Wilke.  Larry is an award-winning maker from Clinton, CT.  Although he makes violins and violas as well, he is known primarily as a cello maker.  We’ve had the good fortune of...