It’s the people

What makes a shop special?  The people.  While Encore and Paige’s receive praise as businesses and physical places, it’s really the people that garner the compliments and loyalty.  When you ask a band director about Paige’s, they’ll usually...

5 strings? Carbon fiber? Sure!

I know what you’re thinking.  Sometimes…I can read your mind.  You woke up this morning thinking, “Man, you know what I really need in my life? A 5-string carbon fiber cello.”  See?  I can read your mind! There are times when you need something...

Family traditions

The history of violin making is replete with examples of families passing knowledge and traditions from generation to generation.  Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari might be the most famous, but family traditions also existed in Germany, France, and many others as...

The Jacoby cello is here!

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve already read about how excited I’ve been in anticipation of the arrival of a cello by Christopher Jacoby.  He began work on this instrument while in Lincoln, Nebraska and finished it in his new workshop in...

The newest member of the Encore family!

While leaving the details to Regina, I wanted to celebrate the arrival of the newest member of the Encore/Paige’s family! Regina had a beautiful baby boy today and will be home with her family for the next three months. We’ll miss her while she’s...

New Eastman acoustic/electric!

It’s always fun when new product concepts arrive and Eastman just sent me the first of a new line of acoustic/electric instruments.  The violin I currently have in the shop is one of their Andreas Eastman line but they plan to expand it up the line to include...

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! ...