The next generation

My oldest daughter asked to come to work with me this morning.  She’s been coming to Paige’s since before she could walk…and she’s been running around the store ever since she could walk!  Up until today, her visits have been purely for fun...

Christopher Jacoby cello, coming soon!

A couple of years ago, a discussion with then-Nebraska-based luthier Christopher Jacoby resulted in us ordering a cello.  After a move to the east coast, adding another baby to the family, and a new job, it sounds like the cello should be here in the next few months! ...

Choosing The Right Shoulder Rest

Using a shoulder rest for your violin or viola is not mandatory and is mainly about personal preference.  Even though you do not necessarily need one to play violin or viola, we can absolutely help you choose the right shoulder rest for you! Using a shoulder rest is...

Preparing for the ISB convention!

We’ve been excited about the International Society of Bassists convention being held in Bloomington this year ever since it was announced!  Encore has always had a soft spot for bassists and we are one of the few shops in the area with enough room to stock a...

Coda Marquise GS cello bow user review

While the Coda Marquise GS – their new top offering – has been out in the wild for a while, I have not heard much formal feedback from owners at this point.  When one of our long time customers bought one six months ago, I asked him if you would write up a...

Poll: what is your favorite rosin?

I recently used social media to ask my cellist friends what kind of rosin they liked to use.  I’ve been using the same rosin – Pirastro Oliv – for nearly twenty years.  My reasoning has always been the old, “if it ain’t broke, don’t...

Varnish

While there is no way I could cover even an overview of violin family instrument varnish in a single blog post, it’s been on my mind this past week.  Several of the makers we work with either send me pictures of the instrument in various stages of construction,...

Cello bows!

As I helped a cellist choose a bow last week, it struck me what a wide selection of cello bows we currently have at the shop.  In pernambuco bows, we have everything from nickel-mounted workshop bows all the way to gold-mounted, master-maker bows.  In carbon-fiber, we...