Ifshin Violins
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Authored by Richard Ward


stringsMany musicians and students are amazed and sometimes bewildered by the large number of strings available for the violin, viola, cello and bass. We are offering this information to answer some of the basic questions about choosing strings...Each different type of string has its own special characteristics, which can change the sound of your instrument. These characteristics can make subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes in the quality, playability, volume and responsiveness of the instrument...

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The Mystery of Origin

For 200 years, German luthiers supplied musicians with serviceable and affordable stringed instruments. Yet their story remains largely unknown.

Richard Ward examines part of the fascinating history of German violin making before World War I.

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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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Recently Jay Ifshin and Herb Rudolph of Timberwood Industries (who helped us acquire the collection of Dino Lelli) traveled to Milan to see the violins, violas and cellos left by Luigi Villa of Pesano (near Milan).

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Today there are many great bow makers all over France and not just in Paris but in other major cities as well as more rural areas. For the last few years, we have offered the fine bows of Jacques and Monique Poullot. Recently, we became their exclusive U.S. agents. We are very proud to be able to offer their violin, viola and cello bows.

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If you ask most string musicians what kind of instrument they would really like to have, almost all would tell you that they would like to have an Italian violin, viola, or cello (preferably at least 200 years old). Most musicians believe that the old Italian violins have a special quality of sound that other instruments just don't have. There is a perception that an Italian violin has that special something that gives the musician that extra edge and confidence.

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In the past, Ifshin Violins as well as most other major violin shops  have been happy to offer our extensive expertise and experience to do  insurance appraisals, not just for those who have purchased instruments  and bows from them. Today, we still provide appraisals for those  instruments and bows purchased from our shop, but at this time we have  reduced the number of written insurance appraisals on any instruments or  bows not purchased from our shop. Many other violin shops and experts  have made the same decision.  We regret having to do this, but there are  a number of important reasons for it.

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