Beautiful basses by Andrew Hassel

For the next week these two beautiful basses by Chicago Bass Works luthier Andrew Hassel will be in the shop.  This is a fantastic opportunity to play on hand-crafted, US-made instruments with premium hardware, innovative bracing, and incredible sound.  We had bass #2...

We treat our customers like family

We talk a great deal here at Encore Orchestral Strings about treating our customers like family.  While this can mean different things depending on your perspective and experiences, to us it means having our customers’ best interests in mind.  We do our best to...

ISSMA Solo & Ensemble

It’s that time again – this Saturday is State Solo & Ensemble!  While this day is full of fun and excitement, it can occasionally get TOO exciting when an instrument or bow malfunctions.  A couple of tips as you make your way to the site: Before...

The magic of modern making

If you’ve spent any time around me talking about the making of new instruments, you know how big a fan I am of the great modern makers and their creations.  I was fortunate to visit one of the greatest living violin makers, Kurt Widenhouse, when I was a young...

The value of trust

The value of trust is something I consider nearly every day.  As I raise my children, we often talk about trust – how to build it and how it can be broken.  The durability of nearly every long term relationship can be measured by the strength of trust.  A breach...

B&C “Nicole” violin case

Ferrari. Linguini. Stradivari. Olive Garden. All things for which we owe Italy a debt of gratitude. Okay…maybe not the last one. I’ve been familiar with the Italian company Bogaro & Clemente for a while, primarily admiring their fittings (pegs,...

Send us your questions!

We’re going to start making videos focused on answering YOUR questions, so feel free to send them in!  I’m excited about the opportunity to hear exactly what’s on your mind.  Do you want to know more about historical makers?  How about instrument...