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  • NO SHIPPING the week of June 12-16 (too hot!)

    Note to all considering buying a StringWorks instrument in the very near future - we're not shipping ANYTHING next week (June 12-16) because the weather is crazy hot, and we don't want to risk damaging our instruments.  We will ship today (June 8) and tomorrow (June 9) but any shipments thereafter will be delayed until the week of June 19th, 2017  

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  • This one performs like a StringWorks instrument!

    We're often asked to compare our StringWorks models to those available at some other violin shops, and I always find myself hesitant to do so, stating that any opinion we'd give likely would carry bias, so we're the wrong people to ask! Over the past 20-plus years, we've held our business ethics to the very highest level, never pandering to the 'kickbacks' programs that are so popular (paying teachers commission to sell instruments to their students) or artificially inflating our prices to allow for 'bargaining', and keeping those prices ALWAYS fully in public view, in all fairness. StringWorks has aimed...

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  • COLD! Christmas Shipping Update

    FYI PSA - we're keeping our eyes on an extreme cold spell moving into the midwest next week.  If you're planning to have an instrument shipped, it will need to arrive to its new home by Tuesday the 13th or will most likely have to wait to be shipped until the 19th pending weather changes.   Please contact us to coordinate shipping before/after, express options, or certificate/picture options should the instrument need to be held. We'll find a way to make sure your player's Christmas sounds great! Thanks  

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  • A cellist jumps in - viola time!

    For years, I have been relegated to playing violin and viola in two ways – either like a 1/32 cello, balanced on my legs, begging for laughs, or just like any beginner might, awkwardly trying to balance the instrument on my shoulder and contorting my left hand to “position.”  My desire to be able to test play instruments and demonstrate their sound (and maybe play a different part on Pachelbel’s Canon, while I’m at it) finally led me to find a teacher.  As luck would have it, Lawrence University down the road has lessons for late bloomers like me, aptly acronymed LAMP (Lawrence...

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  • The Bespoke Experience choosing a violin, viola, or cello outfit

    For centuries, 'bespoke' represented the ultimate in the retail consumer experience - a made-to-order encounter, most commonly for clothing, such as suits, dresses, and other formalwear.  While seemingly never used for the stringed instrument world, the experience at StringWorks for each of our customers is often just that - bespoke. When a potential customer calls or emails us, the experience begins, and for those who need our assistance in every step - instrument, case, bow, fitting material, special tuning pegs, even varnish preferences - we truly provide a custom made-to-order encounter for the musician, so they become part of the...

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  • Let's hope she says yes....How could she NOT!

    Our Virtuoso cello will be used in an upcoming proposal!  We added a box of Graham's Chocolate, a local favorite, and can't wait to hear about this happy couple :)  

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  • Small Business Saturday Sale Through Monday

    These select sales are running through Monday - you know how rare this is for StringWorks, so act fast or email with questions!  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=295e3550-6777-43d8-88ed-fdfdd9a9b330&c=&ch=

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  • UnBande performs at StringWorks Grand (Re)Opening - Sept 10, 2015

    Hey Chicago-land string players! Come hear UnBande play at StringWorks GRAND OPENING weekend celebration on Thursday the 10th! Sign up for prizes (including a CodaBow giveaway) for string players. UnBande will be playing throughout the evening. The Geneva downtown will be buzzing with activity that evening in celebration of a festival, so plan on coming early to find parking.  The Grand (Re)Opening continues through Saturday the 12th, at StringWorks' new location: 327 Franklin St, Geneva IL 60134 Come to the event page on Facebook to sign up! https://www.facebook.com/events/1489947244656043/  

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  • Ordering an instrument for the start of school? Order Quickly!!!

    Demand for StringWorks instruments as outstripped supply, and we're currently about 10 days behind for availability on Artist and Virtuoso violins and cellos, as well as Maestro cellos, so if you plan to purchase your new StringWorks instrument to have for school, we suggest ordering immediately so we can get you on the list as well, as the sooner you are on the list with an order, the sooner we can get your instrument to you!  We don't want to skimp on our quality, so while our luthiers are working tirelessly on setup, we are still making sure every instrument...

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  • StringWorks is moving!!!

    From the Fox Valley of Wisconsin, to the Fox Valley of Illinois!  StringWorks has always been a family of players proud to help players young and old throughout the country and beyond.  Wisconsin has been a great home to us for the last 17 years, and we will miss the Packard St. shop headquarters - many musicians have made the road trip to that showroom from throughout the Midwest, and even Canada.  We have been uniquely positioned near Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison and love how this area has helped nurture StringWorks since the internet's infancy when I launched the company.  My family, including...

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