Talking to music education students at IU

One of the privileges of my job is to visit various universities and talk to students about my corner of the music world.  On Monday I traveled down to Bloomington and had the chance to speak to a class full of future music educators.  As all but one of them were...

It’s the SOUND

I’ve spent quite a few hours driving over the past couple of months. Long road trips always give me the opportunity to do some of my best thinking.  What I think about isn’t always terribly important and plenty of the conclusions I formulate don’t...

Family, food, and music

With Thanksgiving a little over a week away, I found myself pondering how family, food, and music are related.  I’ll be visiting family and my kids have already talked about the soundtrack for the drive there and, more importantly, the way back –...

A whole lotta cello cases…

If you’re in the market for a good cello case, right now would be a great time to visit the shop.  Just a snapshot of what we have available at the moment: Bobelock fiberglass cello cases in black, white, sky blue, dark blue, yellow, red, and white. Eastman...

Winter 2019…coming early?

I looked at the forecast for later this week and did a double-take – is it already winter?!?  The furnace in your residence will be working hard for the first time later this week, so it’s worth talking about what that means for your instrument.  For me,...

New cello-shaped violin cases from Bobelock

One of the most popular “fun” accessories in the shop is cello-shaped violin and viola cases.  The fun shape, range of colors, and ability to be accessorized with stickers are all part of the appeal.  When I got the news that Bobelock was introducing a...

Butler Cello Day 2019

As many of you know, I was a cello performance major at Butler University (class of 2000) and studied with Dr. William Grubb.  He hosts Butler Cello Day each fall and has been kind enough to include Encore Orchestral Strings.  I have the opportunity to bring items to...

ALL of Indiana…and beyond

I love serving my customers in central Indiana.  For most of them, weekly school visits mean I can take care of their repair needs and their accessory needs whether or not it’s convenient for them to come to the shop.  If they’re shopping for an important...

David Folland cello no.221 is here!

I just returned from Northfield, Minnesota after a memorable visit with master luthier David Folland.  He recently completed the cello we ordered from him and it was finally time to play it!  One of the special aspects of this cello is that we provided David beautiful...