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Bench Press - News from the Bench!


Check in for advice and information on instrument care and maintenance, as well as featured products we find useful and interesting.

Teacher Resources

We have put together a list of resources which may be beneficial for those teachers who are teaching virtually this school year. 

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Posted on: 29 AUGUST 2020

 

How to Measure a Student for an Instrument

With most schools operating virtually, we thought it might be a good time to address how to measure your student for an instrument from home.

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Posted on: 22 AUGUST 2020


How to Clean Your Instrument During a Pandemic

A quick chat about what we know (or don't know) about disinfecting a string instrument or bow during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Posted on: 30 JULY 2020


Our (small) Case Against Finger Tapes

Finger tapes can be a wonderful way for players to learn note locations on the fingerboard, but they can also cause some issues. Here we discuss the mechanics of those problems and a simple solution. 

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Posted on: 31 JAN 2020


Gift Giving Ideas for Your Favorite String Player

Shopping for string players isn't always easy. Here we offer some gift ideas for your favorite string musician.  

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Posted on: 19 DEC 2019

 

Answers to Common Bow Hair Questions 

We find a lot of customers have questions about the hair on their bows. 
Here we answer some of the more common questions customers have about their bow hair.  

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Posted on: 23 MAY 2019

To Rent or Cancel: The Big Summer Decision 

With concert and recital season upon us, many customers are deciding whether or not to continue their rental.
We go over the benefits to continuing your rental through the summer.
 

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Posted on: 17 APRIL 2018

 

Humidity and Your Instrument

 Slipping Pegs. Open Seams. CRACKS! Low Bridges. Angry Wolf Tones. 
 We go over common humidity issues and how to keep your instrument and bow happy and humid.

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Posted on: 30 JULY 2016

 

Unexplained Breaking or Exploding Bow Hair

Have you opened your case and found an explosion of broken bow hair?
Here we chat about bow bugs.

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Posted on: 26 APR 2016

Slipping Peg Strife


Here we cover the common causes of slipping pegs and offer some helpful solutions. 

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Posted on: 15 MAR 2016


5 Popular E Strings Reviewed

 


Violinist and former restorer at Lashof Violins, Charlotte, reviews 5 popular E Strings. 

 

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Posted on: 26 JULY 2016