Travels With My Cello

  • A Stringed Instrument Specialist’s Manifesto

    With specialized services and products like violin, viola, and cello, you need to go to a string specialist, a violin shop. A violin isn’t a violin; you do not want the VSO (violin-shaped-object: looks like a violin but sounds like a cardboard box). It is time to do a little extra work for a huge return - in effective teaching time, music educational quality, and student progress. There are infinite studies on the benefits on music education, so everything we can do to motivate students to stay with music through high school is a push in the right direction. Take the time to make an informed choice in your purchase. Choose wisely.
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  • Have it Your Way at StringWorks! Baroque, Fiddle, Classical...

    Yes, you can still have your instrument, your way from StringWorks. Fiddle players rejoice!   Baroque players rejoice!   We and our luthier are excited to work with you, our family of players, to get the violin, viola, or cello you want.  Our Setup is something we are very proud of, but to each their own.  Fiddle players want Helicore strings and a less rounded bridge for easier double stops?  Just let us know.   Baroque players are particularly at a loss.  We will be offering Baroque instruments soon, but for those who want to experiment first, we will be...

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  • Instrument #Selfies!

    Our instruments had some fun taking selfies yesterday!          

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  • A "Soloist's" Profile: Meet Lorraine English

    Cellist, StringWorks Customer, Double-Soloist Owner - Lorraine Hogle English has been a longtime customer and when she consigned her 1964 Roman Teller cello with us, we thought it would be great to do a feature on her.  Lorraine Hogle began her cello studies with Belgian cellist Maria Rocap at age 14 and just four years later, she won the Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition with the Boccherini Cello Concerto - on that same Roman Teller that we now have on consignment!  Her studies in Cello Performance continued with Italian Cellist and founding member of the New England String Quartet, Bruno DiCecco,...

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  • StringWorks Explores the Pinterest Universe

    StringWorks is excited to be exploring and pinning all of of the musical finds online!  From our instruments, to those of others, and musical jokes to the best practice rooms, we invite you to explore our boards and then we'll follow yours.   Follow StringWorks's board Instruments We Admire on Pinterest. If you have a favorite instrument, add it to your Wish List; if you find a cool painted instrument, save it - who knows what can happen and we will have the chance to share all of our favorites with each other.   Visit StringWorks's profile on Pinterest.

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  • Packin' for Pakistan!!

      What does the discerning cellist bring when moving to South Asia? And so I am off again.  Tomorrow I leave for Karachi, Pakistan, with most of my belongings in tow (the rest being somewhere in trans-oceanic transit.)   Once again into the land of Allah, Ramazan, and the call to prayer.  Allahu Akbar!  However, this time I am coming prepared! I am not stumbling over a cello case and toppling down another musical rabbit hole, trying to decode a culture in which a cello is about as familiar as a pork roast.  While I am bringing along all the usual...

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  • Scared to buy a violin, viola, or cello online? Don't be!!

    Often we hear potential customers say something along the lines of "my teacher said to NEVER buy online!" *sigh* 'Buying online' and purchasing from a reputable small business who HAPPENS to have an online presence (read: a website/virtual showroom) are worth differentiation.  A customer of ours said it best, recently: "StringWorks isn't an online company, it is a real company that also happens to have a website for people like me who can't get to Wisconsin but want to have a StringWorks instrument." - S.B. The advent of the internet as a retail sales tool has brought unlimited exposure to...

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  • What Would You Do With A Year Off?

    If things had gone the way they were supposed to, I would be writing now from Guangzhou, China.  I would be explaining how governments work (or fail to work) to a new group of students, hoping to inspire them to care about the world we live in.  I would be working with my best friends from Yemen, people whom I adore, and that I had laughed and taught with for two amazing years.   Best of all, I would be assembling a music group to play in the community, just as we had in Sana’a.  I figured in China, finding string...

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  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre

       I sat in the front seat of my car with Christopher, the furry hood of my parka pulled down low over my eyes.  Silently, we passed a small flask of Jose Cuervo back and forth.  My stomach was churning and even though it was snowing outside, I was sweating like a pig.  I thought about crawling out behind the car in the snow and just have Chris back over me…then go forwards, just for good measure.  We were back in Georgia, it was Valentine’s Day, and while most people contemplate love, chocolates, flowers and other Valentine-alia, I was about...

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  • The StringWorks Setup™ - expect the BEST from your violin, viola, or cello

     While StringWorks has always practiced the highest level of quality in our instrument setups, to be sure each violin, viola, and cello performs to its absolute full potential, we've formalized the process a bit by naming it The StringWorks Setup™, as it deserves to be highlighted given its importance in how an instrument plays, assuring both ease of use and rewarding tone. On our new webpage dedicated to highlighting the precise points of each StringWorks Setup™ - http://www.stringworks.com/pages/the-stringworks-setup-assuring-every-instruments-plays-its-finest - we hope that violinists, violists, and cellists will take a close look at their own instruments, or those they plan to purchase, to assure that...

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