Latest Accessories Reviews
Intelli Digital Metronome and Tuner with Thermo Hygrometer
REVIEWED BY: ERIN RAFFERTY
reviewed on: 01/14/2015
Best possible value!
I absolutely love this metronome. For one thing, it's the loudest metronome I've ever found, short of a Dr. Beat. It has all the functions you might want for regular practice--beat subdivisions, a pitch generator, a tuner, even a thermometer/hygrometer. For the price, you can't do better. My ONLY complaint is that it's incredibly fragile! I've been using these for about eight years, probably, and I've gone through four of them. The battery compartment breaks at the slightest provocation, since it relies on one thin, bendy piece of plastic to keep the compartment intact. That's fine; easily fixed with some tape. Makes replacing the battery annoying, but oh well. The screen is the real problem; it's unfortunately VERY delicate. Some of the ones I've owned have broken when dropped, but my most recent metronome's screen just went blank one day. I don't know if some moisture got in there or what, but the numbers have kind of just... faded away. It still makes all the sounds, but it's not all that useful if I can't see what I'm doing. Overall, though, this is still my favorite metronome of all time, and I'm still going to buy another. I just haven't found another metronome in this price range that can compete on functionality and sheer volume.
Dresden Boxwood Violin Chinrest - Medium Plate
REVIEWED BY: CAROL NICHOLS
reviewed on: 01/08/2015
Very Comfortable and BEAUTIFUL!
As with most people new to the violin, I bought a violin I would choose to keep for a long time and did not think twice about the chinrest. It was large, ebony black and center mounted, with a huge side extension. After reading an article about fitting a chinrest properly, I selected the Desden. It is small, contoured correctly for me, and very unobtrusive. It is side-mounted on the instrument. Made in India, it is crafted quite well, and the grain, tone and finish of the wood are very attractive as they match the color of my violin. Very Pleased!
Premium Cotton Chinrest Cover
REVIEWED BY: DAN NGUYEN
reviewed on: 01/06/2015
Nice material but the fit can leave a bit to be desired...
It's nicer material than the Kinder Chinder and fits better...when it fits. The chinrest covering would fit most chinrest shapes more closely than the Kinder Chinder. But the Kinder Chinder's less elegant bulkier form with elastic straps means it fits more configurations properly. You can't tell from the picture but the bottom flap does not go straight down from the chinrest pocket- it is farther out to the right relative to the chinrest portion (i.e. It is made for Guarneri rests or rests where the main chinrest area is not over the bridge at all). The bottom flap is farther to the right than one would prefer if one has a rest where the main chinrest area is somewhat over the tailpiece like a Zitsman rest. It will not work for center rests at all. It has a small elastic loop underneath the chinrest pocket that loops into the backside of the bottom flap and then hooks onto the bottom of the button. This keeps the bottom flap from flailing around, but causes scrunching for non-Guarneri resets where the whole chinrest is more towards the tailpiece.
Bow Right (fits 3/4 - 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: Student, SUSAN MUCHA
reviewed on: 01/06/2015
Great tool for correcting bad habits
As an adult learning the violin, one of my biggest challenges has been keeping my bow straight. My instructor has me doing long bowing exercises that have helped, but in complex pieces, I'd still have areas of "wild" bowing. This device is helping to show me where I consistently lose form and that is helping me figure out what triggers my bad form. It also gives me a much richer sound and a better appreciation of what the right bowing angle sounds like. The reviews worrying about damage are correct. You've got to follow the directions and use two hands to take it on and off (spreading it carefully) if you don't want to ding the side of your violin, but it is secure once properly placed. It will be difficult to use the first couple of times if you have bad bowing habits, but once you relearn pieces with better bowing it stops feeling restrictive. I try to practice several days with it and then without it and I find the good habits are sticking. All-in-all it was a great purchase that is helping me fix my bad bowing issues.
Wittner Augsburg Violin Chinrest - 4/4 Size
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, PATTY NUERNBERG
reviewed on: 01/05/2015
I have had several young men students get hand-made raised chinrests to accommodate their long neck. This chinrest, however, raised the height quite nicely for a student. The picture shows the rest over the tail piece but we put it in the regular position and it worked just fine. Does anyone else use it in that position?
Bernardel Rosin for Violin Viola or Cello
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/31/2014
I used it because it was free.
My teacher gave me some because I was looking for a better rosin than what I had. During the humid summers around here, the rosin is okay, but consistently delivers a relatively weak sound. During the dry winters, this rosin is somewhat aggravating to use because it quite literally loses traction on the strings whenever you try to play with any kind of speed. Imagine tires slipping on patches of ice. Rosin was used on Larsen A and D strings, Permanent Pirastro G and C. However, I have had some violinist friends use it, and absolutely love it. I would not recommend this rosin for a cellist.
Peak SMS-50 Music Stand
REVIEWED BY: Student, MICHAEL BAXTER
reviewed on: 12/20/2014
I'm very happy with this stand. It is much better than I expected. Light and stable, plenty of room for my book, metronome, and tuner. I also like the height. I'm 5'7" and it has plenty of height for me to play standing with my music at eye level. It folds easily and sets up easy. A great portable stand that I would buy again and highly recommend.
Artino SR-144A Shoulder Rest
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/03/2014
coming apart after short use
The design of this shoulder rest worked better for my child than Kun's. Unfortunately, the foam has started to separate from the base in two places after a few months of use. We are making do with it but not sure it will last as it should.
Andrea Solo Viola Rosin
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DWIGHT BROWN
reviewed on: 11/21/2014
$33.00 rosin seems a bit much, but I was feeling experimental..... This is great stuff! It gives loads of volume and super articulation. It really wakes up your viola. I am using a Whedbee 16" viola and a C. Colinette 71 gram bow with Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold C,G,D and a Larsen A. I would recommend you try this product.