"All My Strings are Loose!"

The scene is a common one. You go to practice your violin, viola, or cello, all the pegs have slipped and the strings are laying on the fingerboard. You try to tune it up and the bridge is leaning and all crooked, or worse, it just popped off. Now what do we do?

Stringed Instrument Insurance

Even if we are extremely careful with our stringed instrument, accidents can still happen. The best way to protect the instrument against irreparable damage and high repair or replacement costs is to have an effective insurance policy in place. Purchasing the right insurance for your needs will ensure that these high costs won’t come directly out of your pocket.

Checking over a setup on a violin, viola, and cello

Violin by Jonathon I. Price

Jonathon Price is a violinmaker from Detroit, Michigan and has many of his instruments in the hands of world renowned musicians. We welcome him here, writing our first guest article about assessing the setup, condition of the fingerboard, and string heights on violin family instruments.

Frog Bushing

Over time, the eyelet in the frog can become worn out and needs to be replaced. After several replacements the threads in the frog that the eyelet screws in to can become worn out as well. This Bausch violin bow has been well loved and well used over the years and needs a frog bushing.

Top Articles of 2019

We've been busy creating some new and exciting content and can't wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime here are the top 5 of the most read articles over the past year.

Screw and Eyelet

Have you ever had the eyelet strip or have the button become difficult to turn on your bow? I freaked the first time I experienced this as a student, fearing that something might be catastrophically broken. Almost in tears, it came as comforting news that the screw and eyelet is designed to have a service life and meant to be replaced over time.

Headspline

The following outlines the procedure for a headspline which reinforces a broken head with a thin strip of pernambuco inserted in the opposite direction of the grain in the stick. This type of repair when executed well can last indefinitely and restore many, if not all, the playing characteristics of the bow