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Fan Tao presentation on strings

We were thrilled to have Fan Tao of D’Addario join us in Encore last night to talk to local educators about strings – how they’re made, their history, and practical ways to choose the right string for your instrument.  Fan wears many hats in addition...

Musilia cello cases

At the request of a customer, I bought a pair of white Musilia S1 cello cases for the shop.  She came and selected the one she liked best and I’m left with one for stock.  Interestingly, they were NOT the exact shade of white – one could be considered...

BIG NEWS! New partnership with Coda Bow.

I am excited to announce a new partnership with Coda Bow!  Encore and Paige’s have had a relationship with Coda Bow from the very early days of Coda’s existence.  We have stocked and sold their full lineup of bows for decades and have watched both the...

Time-saving devices

There are some tasks in the string world that almost no one enjoys.  One that is close to the top of my list is changing a bass string…or a SET of bass strings…or MULTIPLE sets of bass strings!  If you are an orchestra director and have an aging fleet of...

Visit with master maker, David Folland

In a world of self-proclaimed “masters”, the genuine article can be challenging to find.  Nestled in Northfield, Minnesota is a maker with the instruments, client list, and awards to add substance to the title.  David Folland has so many awards and medals...

Case finish – how important is it?

We have an absolute plethora (El Guapo, anyone?) of case finish choices these days.  While most bass players us some version of the padded nylon bag, the smaller strings (cello included) have a myriad of finishes from which to choose.  The question is, how much does...

Cello anticipation…

I’m always excited to welcome a beautiful new cello into the Encore family of instruments, but there are times I’m REALLY excited.  We’ve had the pleasure of representing an unantiqued cello by Michael Koeberling before, but this is the first...

NAMM show wrap-up

I came back from NAMM full of new information, new ideas…and the flu.  After being down for the count for almost five days, I’m back at work ready to sift through everything I saw.  I’ll just right in to a couple of the highlights: Eastman Strings is...