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End of the school year

For so many students, this is one of the last weeks of school.  If you’re currently renting an instrument from us and aren’t sure what to do with it over the summer, make sure you are communicating with us via phone or email.  For most of you who plan to...

Rosin – to scratch or not to scratch?

One of the essential pieces of gear for any string player is rosin.  Rosin is the processed tree sap that, when applied to the horsehair of the bow, creates the friction between the bow and the string.  Without rosin, all we would get is a faint...

Tomorrow is the day!

Those who know me know how excited I get when a great modern instrument comes to the shop.  I received shipping notification on Monday that the Michael Koeberling cello he recently finished was headed our way.  Tracking today indicates it is slated for delivery...

Inspiring videos

I’m just old enough to have studied the cello as a young person without the benefit of Youtube!  It is astounding to me the wealth of resources available to us now with the advent of video sharing sites and the internet.  Just this morning, I can across a video...

Michael Köberling cello

Many of my friends will remember the trip I took last summer with my dad to Germany to pick up a cello I had commissioned from Michael.  It was an amazing trip and I’ve been thrilled with the instrument he made for me.  Upon my return, I ordered a cello from him...

Spring has sprung!

Perhaps…maybe…possibly…winter is over?  For many of us, that means firing up the lawnmowers, cleaning out the grills, and opening up the windows.  For cellists and bassists, it means we can finally start breathing and not worrying as much about low...

String tension

The tension required to bring a string up to pitch varies between string materials and string designs.  I’m not going to dive into the theory of why you might want “lighter” tension strings or “heavier” tension strings, but I did want...

Bow slide material

The slide on the frog of a bow serves a physical purpose, but it is also a part of the bow that can showcase beautiful material.  Makers use all kinds of materials for the slide: Carbon-fiber (Coda bows) Silver (plain or inscribed) Gold (plain or inscribed) White...

2 basses, 10 strings

I’ve written before about the love I have for 5-string basses. The 5-string is not the right tool for every bass player, but for those seeking the extended lower range within a real-world budget, the 5-string can be a compelling option.  The cost of a...

Viola sizes?

We are often asked about viola sizing – what are the sizes and who plays which size?  As a rule in the US, viola sizes are expressed in inches and reflect the length of the BACK of the viola, not its overall length.  If you play a 15.5″ viola, that would...