Latest Accessories Reviews
AcoustaGrip Protégé Shoulder Rest - for Violin or Viola - fits 1/2-1/10 Violin or Small Viola - Charcoal
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 11/12/2014
Very comfortable, easy to use.
Both of my children have been using AcoustaGrip shoulder rests for about a month - they love them! We have tried many different shoulder rests (Playonair, Kinderchinder, Kun, etc) especially for my very picky 7 yr old, and this is the first one that keeps the violin up in the correct position and is comfortable even during longer practice sessions.
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 11/10/2014
I am an adult student and have struggled with an incorrect hand position for many months. This was very frustrating for me as a student. I purchased this product and noticed results right away. I could feel that I was utilizing my muscles in my right arm and the shape of my hand has dramatically improved. I would encourage anyone to purchase this as a teaching aid. I am anxious to see how much I improve with regular use of this product. Thank you! Sheila
Gig-N-Go Folding Music Stand
REVIEWED BY: AMY REID
reviewed on: 11/08/2014
The ever shrinking music stand
I have to agree with another customer review. Initially this seemed like a great stand, better than others I had previously seen...plus it came in blue! In less than one year the adjustment screw to hold the legs in place started stripping and it wouldn't stay up. Like other customers, my husband switched it with one of the other screws. Now, three years into using this stand, none of the screws will hold, so it is useless. In addition, the bag never was the right size to hold the stand. It ripped within the first month, so my grandmother made a new, more durable carrying bag. I would now purchase this stand again.
Bonmusica Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: Student, Ron Blair
reviewed on: 11/06/2014
Amazing shoulder rest
My story with this shoulder rest is different than most. I am a beginning student at a university. I also have a rare neurological pain disorder called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It affects the left side of my face (bad for playing). This shoulder rest has made a world of difference. The adjustability has allowed me to play in proper position, without putting a lot of pressure on my left jawline (where my worst pain is). Without this shoulder rest, I would probably not be able to play. I would highly recommend this shoulder rest to anyone, but especially to those with chronic pain/neurological issues.
Musicians Practice Planner
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 11/05/2014
Great planner for parents and students
We have been using this planner for 2 years for my 12 y.o. It's a great way for the teacher to capture her instructions about a variety of tasks that need to be accomplished before the next lesson (music pieces, method and theory books, listening exercises, etc.) And there's a blank music bar at the bottom of each week - also helpful. As a busy parent, I love that what the teacher wants is easily and clearly communicated through this format. My child finds it easy to use as well - and both student and teacher are happier, and progress is more visible because of this planner. Highly recommended!!
Wittner Hypoallergenic Plastic Viola Chinrest - Center Mounted
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DWIGHT BROWN
reviewed on: 10/23/2014
Just about right!
I like the Wittner chin rests very much indeed. I use the center version on my viola and violin. They seem to be very ergonomic and well engineered. I like the rounded tapered clamps. They are very easy to install with the included screwdriver, just be sure to have the clamps fully seated in the rest proper. It is quite light and gives very good clearance for the tailpiece. I wish they would make a hybrid version with boxwood or ebony, but barring that this is pretty great.
Perfect Violin Shoulder Rest - One Size
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, LUCY MANNING
reviewed on: 10/10/2014
Great Shoulder Rest - almost Perfect!
I just retried a variety of pads and chinrests as I continue to find a good set up for me (I've been playing for 55 years!). The PSR shoulder pad is excellent! It is firm enough for some support, but flexible enough to allow freedom of playing. If it came with the adhesion type of the AcousticGrip, it would definitely be the Perfect Shoulder rest for me!
Liebenzeller Copper I Violin Rosin
REVIEWED BY: Student, HEATHER HERTTNA
reviewed on: 10/02/2014
I wasn't happy with the rosin I had been using and read an article about Liebenzaller rosin so I thought I would try it out. I was really surprised at how big of a difference it made to my violin's sound. It lives up to the description here and produced a very even, smooth and loud tone across the entire bow. There was very little dust and I didn't feel like the bow was slipping at all which seemed to happen quite a bit when I was using my other rosin. I am impressed!
Hamilton Gripper Heavy Duty Orchestra Stand
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, ROGER LEBOW
reviewed on: 09/06/2014
Good stand; problematic assembly instructions
I just got this Hamilton stand from Shar Music. It’s very nice, though the rear of the desk section—the once-presumably-parallel semicircular slotted flaps that attach to the upright post--was bent, presumably by FedEx, who clearly either took the carton's directive “Do Not Drop” to mean “Please Drop,” or simply said “I can’t live by your rules, Man!" It will work, though, and one can’t be bothered to return it for this. I do have a bone to pick with Hamilton: though I am a nominally educated person and did finally get the stand assembled, I was mildly challenged by the perfunctory soi-disant “Assembly Instructions” that accompanied the stand. The schematics are fine as far as they go, but there are two problems: the actual illustration of the back of the stand, which is arguably the most challenging part of the assembly, is minuscule. I said I was educated but I didn’t say I have good eyes. Could they not have enlarged this portion of the illustration? More to the point, it would be more than helpful (and would have saved me a half-hour of ad-hoc rummaging, squinting, and swearing) to have a simple paragraph or two explaining that one will need to have a wrench (an adjustable worked OK) and flat screwdriver at hand; and then to enumerate—simply—the sequence of steps needed to put the stand together. But, who knows, that sort of clarity may just be so last-century.