Bow innovations

When I talk to people about the history of the violin bow, the conversation usually focuses on the transition between baroque bows and modern bows.  By this, we are typically referring to the direction and degree of camber – baroque bows being straighter or...

Coda Marquise GS cello bows

Coda has been in a long process of releasing a new flagship bow, the Marquise GS.  They started with the violin bow with a cello bow promised soon thereafter.  I have several friends who use the former flagship bow – the Diamond GX – and love it.  I wanted...

Beautiful viola

When working with musicians – especially young students – I always say that, although the “look” of an instrument shouldn’t be at the top of their list in terms of importance, it can definitely be ON the list.  I’m especially struck...

Coda Protégé – a progress report

In early spring of this year, I announced a new partnership with Coda bow.  Since that time, we’ve included a Coda Protégé model bow (violin, viola, cello) or Revelation model (bass) with every new Encore rental agreement.  The response has been overwhelming! ...

R-O-Y-G-B-I-V

You may be asking yourself what the colors of the rainbow have to do with orchestral string instruments… CASES!  Yes, we have an abundance of “cello shaped” Tonareli cases for violin and viola currently in the shop that includes almost every color of the rainbow and...

It’s Getting Hot In Here

We’re approaching the middle of summertime where temperatures are averaging above 85 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity levels in Indiana.  We all know that cold winters present it’s own challenges, but the summer heat can create just as many issues.  Wood is an...

ALL the cellos

A big part of my job involves making sure we have the right number of instruments available for our customers.  Too few and there isn’t a good selection.  Too many and we simply run out of room.  Because of my background before coming to Encore, striking the...

Gooooooooooooooal!

In spirit of the World Cup going on right now, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about goals! Many of our customers start out on a student level instrument, but don’t realize that there are upgrade options above that violin, viola, cello, or bass that they are...

Better, worse…or different.

Listening can be difficult.  I’m fortunate that several of my hobbies – musical instruments, hifi stereo systems, and concert attendance – overlap when it comes to critical listening.  Most people step into comparing instruments, bows, strings,...