A cheval is done on a frog when a section has suffered major damage or is worn beyond the ability for the frog to function properly. Traditionally, a cheval is performed by planing away original material leaving a flat surface to glue new ebony to.

Making a Button

I recently had a number of people interested in my button making process. This article outlines the basic process I use.

Shopping for a Bow, Part 1

Shopping for a bow deserves as much attention as shopping for an instrument. This article will break down the details of each step and clarify some of the more peculiar aspects of violin family bows.

A Case for the Baroque Bow: A Specialist’s Perspective

One of the merits of living in the 21st century is that there is now a plurality of perspectives that musicians can draw upon when playing works of the 17th and 18th centuries. One only has more to gain in exploring this repertoire with a baroque bow. This is not a matter of right or wrong, but why not?

Practice Mutes

With extended stay-at-home orders, musicians are struggling to practice for fear of disturbing roommates or family members now working from home. I've used several different practice mutes over the years and will be suggesting a few that I think work best depending on your instrument and the sound you are looking for. How Does A …