StringWorks Blog

  • 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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  • How do I choose a bow with my violin, viola, or cello?

    When you are in the market for a new stringed instrument, remember the significance and importance of choosing a bow, as it is a critical aspect of your instrument's overall playability and performance.  The research you put into selecting that perfect instrument for you should also be repeated for the bow, and remember to ask for help if you need it!  (We've included a helpful chart at the bottom of this blog with some suggested 'pairings') Match Bow to Instrument: A violin, for example, can have fantastic capabilities - singing, bright high register, and a powerful rich lower register that allows...

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  • Teacher Kickbacks - the Unbeatable Foe

    "My teacher is receiving a commission when I buy this instrument?" Not if you are buying from StringWorks, but this unethical practice has found to be not only commonplace, but continues to grow, and at StringWorks - where we do NOT pay teacher commissions, ever - it becomes our unbeatable foe. String teachers are deservedly well respected for their guidance and mentoring of young string players.  All of us who have grown up playing violin, viola, or cello hold a special place in our heart for one or more of our private teachers.  Many times, because of the close professional...

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  • Fall Colors and Your String Instrument

    As you're practicing, looking out through your window...or maybe on the perfect practice porch, did you ever notice how the violin's varnish is beautifully matched by fall's changing colors?  I guess it is only fitting, since there is so much nature in these instruments we play.  Grab a mug of something warm, your StringWorks instrument, and enjoy practicing this beautiful season.     Happy Playing!  

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