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

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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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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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Over the past few years, we have developed relationships with some of the best contemporary Italian makers. We now have an extensive selection of outstanding violins and cellos from a number of top makers. Mr. Ifshin has just returned from Europe with four exceptional cellos which he personally selected after visiting with the makers.

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