Porsche 917 or…

You can buy a 1970 Porsche 917 for $14 million dollars or you can come in and pick out one of these beautiful cases for something less than that.  Your choice…

My favorite compact cello stand

As a cellist and violin shop manager, I’ve seen just about every conceivable product and method for storing and displaying cellos.  Stands, boxes, cabinets, carts…there are countless different versions and iterations from which to choose.  Each has its...

Position markings

Learning to play a violin-family instrument is challenging.  Holding the bow, proper posture, tuning the instrument, don’t collapse the wrist, keep your thumb bent, etc.  Then…where do you put your fingers?  There are no keys, no frets, no markings...

All of my favorite things…

No, I promise I won’t start singing numbers from “The Sound of Music”, but I have been thinking about my favorite things.  As you can imagine, there isn’t as much hustle and bustle at the shop these days as people reduce nonessential travel. ...

Gut string update

A while ago I wrote about putting a full set of Pirastro Eudoxa gut-core strings on a Jay Haide Vuillaume model cello here in the shop to give us a chance to gain more experience with gut strings.  It continues to be a fun and educational journey.  While the strings...

Eudoxa gut strings – the journey begins

Last week we talked a bit about gut strings and mentioned we’d be putting them on one of our shop cellos – well, they’re here and they’re on!  Ben adjusted the nut groove thickness a bit to accommodate the thicker strings.  We also removed the...

Gut strings…time to visit them again

I love gut strings.  Well, I should say I love the SOUND of gut strings.  The expense, tuning instability, fragility, longevity…let’s just say there are reasons most people have moved to synthetic or steel core strings.  And then you hear Steven Isserlis...

Basses are back!

Of all the things I figured we might run short on during the summer, basses were not one of them!  It just goes to show how unpredictable demand can be.  We got down to the point where the only basses we had in stock were a 5-string and a bass with a C-extension!...

A sticky situation

Rosin.  If you play a violin-family instrument and use a bow with horsehair, you are familiar with the stuff.  It comes in many price points, packaging, and formulations, but its core purpose is the same – create the friction between the bow hair and the string...