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From Cremona, Italy, the capital of violin making, the CONSORTIUM OF VIOLIN MAKERS "ANTONIO STRADIVARI" CREMONA, representing 72 contemporary master violin makers, tours the world with a large selection of violins, violas, cellos, all available for purchase. Ifshin Violins will be the only stop in the United States!

For more information about this exciting event, contact us at events@ifshinviolins.com

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Here is our annual list of some of the amazing summer camps and programs available in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California! Check out the websites of such perenial favorites as Cazadero, Crowden, Valley of the Moon, San Francisco Conservatory, Jazz Camp, and many many more!

There's a summer music program out there for all of you; young or young at heart.

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Renowned cellist Jeffrey Solow premieres Saint-Saens on one of our Jay Haide instruments in Hanoi

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We've compiled a list of the youth orchestras that we know of in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. If you know there is a youth orchestra/youth chamber group we've missed, let us know! This is a public resource; we have no guarantee of accuracy, nor do we have any particular affiliation.

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Bowmaker Morgan Andersen wins Grand Prize at the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris.

We are delighted to learn that our friend Morgan Andersen has just won top prize at the 2011 Concours Etienne Vatelot competition in Paris for his latest violin bow...

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Anderson BowsFor the string musician, a fine bow with just the right playing qualities is a treasure that at times seems nearly impossible to find. For many years, we have had one of the largest collections of fine bows available anywhere. Musicians have come from all around to acquire fine bows from us. Anderson BowsMany came intending to purchase a fine older French, English or German bow but after trying the work of Morgan Andersen, they realized that the finest modern master made bows can often have better playing qualities (and workmanship) than more expensive older bows.

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Finding the right-size fractional instrument requires a good ear for tone

In spite of chronic loss of funding for our schools and subsequent elimination of music programs, it seems as if more young children than ever are playing stringed instruments. In this article, Richard Ward discusses what to look for and how to look for smaller instruments...

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Learn to cultivate good violin-shop relations.

Richard Ward (from an article originally published in Strings Magazine) discusses finding and keeping a good working relationship with a violin repair shop; includes criteria for choosing a shop, and useful pointers on etiquette...

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Finding the right stick for you

Richard Ward offers pointers on choosing a bow. ..."Choosing the bow can be a daunting task, given the multitude of products on the market. Here are several simple points to consider when, checkbook in hand, you venture off to visit your local dealer in search of the perfect stick to suit your needs"...

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A fine stringed instrument is designed to last for hundreds of years.

At the same time, some instruments and bows have a relatively short life span because of carelessness and neglect on the part of their owners. To keep your investment in the best possible condition, we have put together this guide to assist you in maintaining your instrument and bow.

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