Are Soft Reeds Better for Beginners

The short answer is yes. Typically reeds are numbered 1-5, 1 being the softest, and 5 being the hardest, with halves in between. Some brands simply label their reeds as soft, medium soft, medium, etc. Most students will start on a 2, or soft reed, because they’re...

Rosin – What The Heck Is It?

Many of us know our stringed instrument needs rosin for the bow, but do we know what type we should be using? The answer isn’t exactly straight forward. There are too many types of rosin and applications, depending on your playing style and level to simply state,...

How To Know What Size Of Violin To Rent/ Buy

So, little Stevie came home today and told you that he wants to play the violin. Well, being the good Dad that you are, you jump online and start looking for violins. You find a great deal on the interwebs and make the purchase. It arrives and happy little Stevie...

Don’t Try This At Home

When you’ve been in the music business as long as we have, you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to broken instruments. But then, someone comes in with an instrument badly in need of repair or replacement and you realize that you’re entirely unprepared for their...
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