Latest Accessories Reviews
Hidersine Deluxe Rosin for Violin or Viola
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 09/29/2015
Good but Not Great
I bought this rosin to upgrade from the student rosin in the block. It is better than the student rosin, but I did not think it had enough grip. My sister has the Millant Deroux and we would highly recommend it. If I were to do it again I would pay the extra dollar to get the better rosin.
Joey Violin Case Carrier
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DEBORAH WADE
reviewed on: 09/28/2015
The Joey is fantastic!
This review is only for the Joey and does not apply to the poor customer service from Shar. I took a chance ordering the Joey thinking it might prove to be to cumbersome to use. But it's proven to be exactly the opposite. As a traveling private teacher, and regular performer my violin is with me all the time and usually I have to drag around my purse, music bag and violin...and it gets old really fast. Since getting the Joey I now can carry all my essentials in my Joey and present a more professional picture to people I meet. On a side note, my chiropractor is thrilled with my Joey. After 34 years of active violin life my back was always out from packing all my stuff around - mostly on one shoulder. Now, the Joey centers the weight nicely on my back and shoulders and my back is already reaping the benefits. The Joey is well made, comfortable and professional looking in orchestra black. A number of my students are already begging their parents to get one for themselves.
Mighty Bright Encore Music Stand Light in Black
REVIEWED BY: NANCY BURRISS
reviewed on: 09/22/2015
Very good light
Never having used a portable light for piano before, I borrowed this from a violinist. What a revelation. The only reason I returned it is that I also ordered the "orchestra light" by the same maker, wanting to know what worked best for the piano. I chose to keep the orchestra light because it illuminates 4 pages! This light is wonderful if you have nothing else, especially for music stand. You won't believe how lightweight it is to carry in your case.
Viva La Musica Diamond Violin Shoulder Rest Walnut
REVIEWED BY: MICHAEL TURNBO
reviewed on: 09/17/2015
Great Shoulder Rest!
Viva La Musica Diamonds are known for their beauty, and this one doesn't disappoint. My violin has a dark finish so the walnut color matches well. And just incase you were wondering, it's not nearly as dark as it appears in that thumbnail picture. It's the exact color as shown in that new 360 degree picture though. I chose the Diamond over other rests (like the Kun Bravo) due to it's light weight. It's very comfortable. And there are many different "settings" to play with since it's so adjustable. I recommend it to anyone whose looking for new rests.
Strad Pad Chinrest - Large - Elastic Attach
REVIEWED BY: Parent, TIFFANY WARNER
reviewed on: 09/15/2015
This accessory has become essential for my violist. She's shown herself sensitive and has quite the "viola hickey." She will always have one, but using the strad pad has lessened its severity and removed any discomfort she experienced as a result. I have had to re-glue the straps with some liquid stitches, which was a pain but not that big of a deal. She loves it and uses it every day.
Xeros Cello Endpin Anchor in White
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 09/12/2015
Xeros Cello strap in white
I've had some of these straps for years, and although I usually stab my endpin into the floor myself, the straps work fine when you're sitting on a "non-stab" floor. The reason that I purchased this particular one is that it was white instead of the usual black. We are in a colorful world, and I'd like to see it made in fun colors, such as green, blue, pink, orange, etc. (Maybe not to be used on a classical stage, but fun for the kids in schools/lessons, etc.) The white version is good for a stage floor that is very light in color. I purchased a black and white version this time. I have had many of the black straps, and they tend to get away from me.
SHAR Chromatic Tuner
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 08/28/2015
Perfect first tuner
This is the perfect tuner for beginners! Uncomplicated, won't change tuning pitches on students like other tuners that can tune in different keys. I'd like to see this style come out with a simple metronome combination. On the side it could have a dial with tempo marking for changing tempo and one to adjust the volume, nothing else.
SHAR MetroTone Digital Metronome
REVIEWED BY: Parent, Anonymous
reviewed on: 08/27/2015
Not bad for the price
good little metronome, my son's first one. He hasn't had need to travel with it, but it behaves just fine at home. He actually LIKES that he can choose the perfect speed on the dial - it really doesn't take much. Only problem-- too quiet! Even on the loudest setting, a violin at your left ear will easily drown this one out. Don't know how other metronomes might be, so can't compare. This one will do the job for now though.
Mulko Plastic Violin Chinrest - Large Plate
REVIEWED BY: Jennifer Washington
reviewed on: 08/19/2015
I purchased this chin rest because the current chin rest on my violin was much too tall for my body type and it was cause odd neck pains. It felt like a skylift! Once I switched out to this little dandy of a chin rest and my neck pains disappeared. I found it to be quite comfortable and it gets the job done without any flair. Changing out the chin rest was quite easy and it comes with a chin rest key tool. The price is good and it shipped quickly. I just recently received this so I am giving it a 4 out of 5 stars for now. Once I have had it one for awhile and see how it holds up I may write a follow up review.
SHAR Perfekt Time Quartz Metronome
REVIEWED BY: Parent, MEGAN MYERS
reviewed on: 08/01/2015
Great Metronome for a lot of use
I just purchased my second of these metronomes. My first I have had for over a year and I love it (and it still works great). My favorite part (and the reason I purchased this specific metronome) is I can plug it in. I have three practicing children and soon to be four. The metronome is turned on close to 3 hours a day. After I changed the batteries in our old metronomes they would last for about two weeks and then it was too quiet or didn't have a steady beat (not too mention the cost of 9v batteries). Now I can plug it in and we have a consistent volume and beat always. I needed a second so we can use them in multiple rooms. The only improvement I would make is to add a tuning mechanism to it and then I could do without my other metronome. I also love that the volume can be a little louder than most metronomes so when I am practicing with more than one child we can still hear the beat. Make sure you have the correct adapter - otherwise you might zap your metronome. That happened on our first.
Flesch Ebony Violin Chinrest - Center Mounted with No Hump
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 07/23/2015
I had difficulty holding the violin using the traditional chinrest and purchased this as a result of my teacher's recommendation. Playing the violin is now far more comfortable.
Mach One Maple Violin Shoulder Rest Hook
REVIEWED BY: Student, JACK CANNON
reviewed on: 07/21/2015
Tremendous Product But Personally Disappointed
This is an exceptionally well-made shoulder rest. The carved maple is without equal and looks great on most violins. The feet are precise and fit better than any shoulder rest that I have used. The two reviewers prior to this posting sold me on the Mach One w hook. They both emphasized the same thing - It locks in place on the user's shoulder. For one it was a positive attribute. The other felt it was a negative attribute. Given that I have completely failed to find any shoulder rest that would not slide off my shoulder, I felt that this should solve my problem. While I really admire the product, I experienced a disappointment. The Mach One w hook also slid right off my shoulder and I reluctantly had to return it. The Shar Music personnel readily received it. I rate the Mach One w hook as 5 stars based on my examination of the product and my attempt to use it. I do not feel compelled to downgrade it just because it did not fit my apparently unique shoulder characteristics. People are all different. It may work for you - It may not. However, I have no qualms giving it 5 stars based on the quality of the product. I really wanted to keep it but it just did not work out for me.