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! ...

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...