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...

On the road again

I missed this week’s blog post by a day because I took a trip down to the southern part of our beautiful state.  While most of my time is spent in the shop so that I’m available to help musicians who visit us, there are times when it makes sense for me to...

Beautiful pernambuco tailpiece

When we think of pernambuco, it is almost always in the context of talking about bows.  The preferred material for bows for hundreds of years, there are conservation efforts underway to make sure it is still available for generations to come.  The same qualities that...

The Indianapolis

Every 4 years something special happens here in Indy; The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.  2018 marked the 10th quadrennial meaning that this competition has been in place for 40 years!  I had the pleasure of first experiencing the IVCI as a high...

Cool cases!

Cases tend to be a blank canvas for musicians to express themselves.  Walk through a college campus music building and you’ll see cases covered in stickers, cases every color of the rainbow, high-tech carbon cases that look like they belong on a racetrack, and...

Favorites?

I’m often sharing information in this space – events coming up, instruments that just arrived, a new product, etc.  With this post, I’m asking for information.  From you.  I want to hear about your favorites!  Your favorite: Strings Rosin Case Mute...

Want to see a Strad?

The most recognizable name in the world of violin makers – Antonio Stradivari.  While it’s a name known by almost everyone, seeing one of his instruments up close isn’t always easy.  In conjunction with the International Violin Competition of...