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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...

Frequently asked questions

I spent yesterday evening talking to parents or orchestra students about the merits of higher quality instruments.  I’ve been having very similar discussions for the past ten years and some questions keep surfacing.  I’m going to start trying to answer a...

Back from the national ASTA conference!

Wow…what a whirlwind week!  I was in Pittsburgh for the national conference of the American Strings Teachers Association.  It was an amazing week of sessions, networking, and socializing.  I learned new ways to learn the Popper cello etudes, learned about the...

The instruments are here!

I just returned from a trip to one of our sources for instruments and hand-selected an entire van full of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.  It has been exciting to get them arranged here at the store, ready for you to try them!  Interested in looking at violins...

Prepare yourselves…the instruments are coming

Over 50 new instruments will be available by this time next week!  25+ new violins, 15+ new cellos, 10+ new violas, and 5+ new basses will be here in order to provide you with the best selection possible.  We take the selection of the instruments we offer you...

Out Of State

While Encore Orchestral Strings and Paige’s Music are known as Indiana owned and operated businesses, primarily serving our customers here in the state of Indiana, I am routinely contacted by people from other states asking about our products and services.  Just...

It's Snow-ing!

We just received a HUGE number of violins, violas, and cellos from the Snow Violins workshop.  These have been customer favorites for years and it’s always exciting to have dozens to choose from at once.  We received about twenty model 200 violins, eight model...

Baroque bows!

We occasionally have the opportunity to represent baroque and transitional bows.  While I enjoy experimenting with them, I have not personally spent much time learning the technical intricacies to effectively use these bows.  The local musicians who ARE experts in...

Modern Masters

Please allow me a moment of reflection as Encore passed it’s 10-year anniversary this past November. Almost as if the shop were celebrating, we’ve paired up three modern master instruments with their new owners in as many months. When we started this...