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...

VIDEO – Holtier cello back in the shop

This beautiful cello by Cleveland-based luthier Eugene Holtier was out with a talented young musician.  The timing wasn’t quite right for him to keep it, so it came back to us with some quality playing hours on it…sounding better than ever!  It sounded so...

Beautiful tonewood

The process of selecting, harvesting, cutting, and seasoning wood for violin family instruments is worthy an entire series of blog posts.  While the appearance of the wood is important, it is only one of many factors luthiers consider when choosing the wood to build...

Larry Wilke Visit

One of the most rewarding parts of being involved with Encore Orchestral Strings is the long-term relationships we have with several renowned luthiers.  I first contacted Larry Wilke back in 2007 and our friendship has grown ever since.  Over the years, we’ve...

VOTE!…for your favorite concerto

I voted in the elections today and enjoyed the entire process – great location, wonderful volunteer staff, free candy, jovial conversations with those standing in line with me, and the knowledge that I participated in the process.  With all the weighty issues...

A case to make you swoon

Over the years I’ve had a chance to stock many of the world’s best cello cases.  These have taken various forms and been made out of different materials.  As I tell most of my cello case customers, when you spend more money on a cello case you usually end...

Winter is (here?) coming…

I simply cannot believe we’re here again.  It was 32 degrees this morning.  THIRTY.  TWO.  I set up the humidifiers in the studio room over the weekend, and the humidifier for the main showroom just kicked on for the first time.  IT’S TOO SOON!!!  I am not...