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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...

Paralyzed by Bach?

I had the good fortune to attend Butler Cello Day this past Saturday and heard Adriana Contino give a masterclass on performing the Bach cello suites.  These six suites occupy an incredibly special place in the hearts and souls of cellists.  I personally have...

Violin sets under $20

Changing strings on violin-family instruments is often an “ouch” moment because of the cost involved.  Dominant violins strings are around $60/set, Obligato viola strings are around $115/set, a popular pairing of cello strings comes in around $325 for four...

The concept of value

Value.  A word with a myriad of connotations.  A word that has been bandied about so often as to be practically stripped of any meaning. And yet, value is a word at the very center of everything we attempt to offer here at Encore.  Through our beginning rental plan,...

New hair for your bow?

All string players have experience with the inevitable task of rehairing your bow.  Even the best hair does not last forever and a bow with excessively stretched hair or too many hairs missing can potentially cause harm to the bow.  How do you know when it is time to...

Versum SOLO cello A-string and D-string

For the large portion of the years I’ve been playing the cello, the Larsen (and then Larsen Soloist) A and D strings have been the professional standard for cellists.  Many people continued to successfully use other strings, but cellists rarely bought whole sets...

Fractional size instruments

Because Encore handles higher quality, more advanced instruments often sought out by experienced players, we haven’t devoted as much space here to small-size, fractional instruments.  This point was driven home to me recently because of the large number of...