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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.
Sandpaper, house keys, paper clips, kitchen knives...We've heard of a number of different ways
customers start their new rosin. Here we discuss the best method to start a new rosin.
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.
Here we discuss the rise of imitation strings on the market and how to avoid purchasing them.
Posted on 25 MAY 2021
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.
Posted on: 30 JULY 2020; Updated on 5/1/2021
We have put together a list of resources that may be beneficial for those teachers who are teaching virtually this school year.
Wolf Tones Explained
Does it sound like you've broken your vibrato? Does your bow stroke feel like you're driving down the rumble strip on the highway when playing certain notes? You may have found a wolf tone! Here we discuss what a wolf tone is and how they are suppressed.
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.
Posted on: 22 AUGUST 2020
Have you discovered a buzz on your instrument? Here are some common causes of buzzes and tips for easy fixes at home.
Posted on: 10 MAR 2021
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.
Posted on: 31 JAN 2020
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.
Posted on: 23 MAY 2019
To Rent or Return: 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 of continuing your rental through the summer.
Have you opened your case and found an explosion of broken bow hair?
Here we chat about bow bugs.
Slipping Peg Strife
Here we discuss the common causes of slipping pegs and offer some helpful solutions.
Posted on: 15 MAR 2016
Gift Giving Ideas for Your Favorite String Player
Shopping for gifts for string players isn't always easy. Here we offer some gift ideas for your favorite string musician.
5 Popular E Strings Reviewed
Violinist and former restorer at Lashof Violins, Charlotte, reviews 5 popular E Strings.