9 Tips for Getting Your Child a Good Student Instrument

A parent’s guide to renting or buying a violin for school By Patrick Sullivan It had three strings, no bridge, and the top was coming unglued when the violin was carried into a classroom by a young beginner whose parents…

6 Tips on Buying a Bow For Your Stringed Instrument

1. Type of Material:  You’ll find there are several choices in materials to consider; each offers a different mix of durability, affordability, and tonal complexity. Pernambuco is historically the choice material for fine bows, and it will generally occupy the…

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Worth It: Restoring a C. 1690 Grancino Violin

By James Koehler | From the November-December 2020 issue of Strings magazine One of my favorite restorations was on a ca. 1690 Giovanni Grancino violin. When I first saw the violin, it had many cracks in the top, which was…


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A Quick Guide to Buying a Violin

Evaluate your instrument purchase options using these 7 criteria 1. Playability You should be able to move from string to string freely with an even tone across the strings. 2. Tone and Sound Are you looking for a violin with…

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Managing the Humidity Level of Your Instrument is a Matter of Balance

By Elizabeth Marshall Though musicians are taught to keep a violin, viola, cello, or double bass properly humidified during the dry winter season, over-doing it with the humidifier can create a different—and occasionally grosser—set of problems for string players. Finding…

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6 Ways to Protect Your Instrument from Damaging Winter Chill

Winterizing your fiddle will stabilize it and ensure that your fiddle survives the season’s humidity changes By Erin Shrader Stringed instruments are happiest given a constant temperature of 60 to 70 degrees and a relative humidity of 35 to 50…


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Bridge Care Basics for Bowed Instruments

A few simple tricks to help keep your bridge healthy and warp-free By James N. McKean A version of this article first appeared in the July 2015 issue of Strings. When you pick up a manuscript, the notes are all…


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Instrument-Care Basics—Advice from the Experts

You’ve just brought home your first stringed instrument. You might be tempted to take it out of its case just to admire it, to imagine all the happy times ahead, to reaffirm that after all that time spent in the…

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Violin Luthier Peter Shaw on ‘the Birth of an Instrument’

By Peter Shaw | From the September-October 2020 issue of Strings magazine What is your favorite part of the process of making a violin—what day do you most look forward to? My favorite part of the instrument-making process is the…


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Wood Violins Releases New 5-string Viper Production Model

By Megan Westberg | From the July-August 2020 issue of Strings magazine For 30 years, Wood Violins has been putting instruments into the hands of violinists determined to stand out. They could hardly help it. For beyond his or her…


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Emmanuel Vukovich Plays Violins Both Old and New

By Laurence Vittes | From the May-June 2020 issue of Strings magazine I first heard Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich play at the Montréal Chamber Music Festival in 2014. It was after he had completed his undergraduate studies at Juilliard and…


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