On the road again

I missed this week’s blog post by a day because I took a trip down to the southern part of our beautiful state.  While most of my time is spent in the shop so that I’m available to help musicians who visit us, there are times when it makes sense for me to...

Beautiful pernambuco tailpiece

When we think of pernambuco, it is almost always in the context of talking about bows.  The preferred material for bows for hundreds of years, there are conservation efforts underway to make sure it is still available for generations to come.  The same qualities that...

The Indianapolis

Every 4 years something special happens here in Indy; The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.  2018 marked the 10th quadrennial meaning that this competition has been in place for 40 years!  I had the pleasure of first experiencing the IVCI as a high...

Cool cases!

Cases tend to be a blank canvas for musicians to express themselves.  Walk through a college campus music building and you’ll see cases covered in stickers, cases every color of the rainbow, high-tech carbon cases that look like they belong on a racetrack, and...

Favorites?

I’m often sharing information in this space – events coming up, instruments that just arrived, a new product, etc.  With this post, I’m asking for information.  From you.  I want to hear about your favorites!  Your favorite: Strings Rosin Case Mute...

Want to see a Strad?

The most recognizable name in the world of violin makers – Antonio Stradivari.  While it’s a name known by almost everyone, seeing one of his instruments up close isn’t always easy.  In conjunction with the International Violin Competition of...

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...