Latest Accessories Reviews
AcoustaGrip Soloist Shoulder Rest - for Violin or Viola - fits 4/4-1/2 Violin or Med/Large Viola
REVIEWED BY: CAROL FISHER
reviewed on: 12/22/2014
Liked it BUT
Used it once, and liked it a lot, took proper care, and the second time it would not stick at all. Reworked it per instructions, nada. That was a very pricey performance, not something I can afford! Gun shy about trying it again, a pity.
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.
REVIEWED BY: Student, TOM NGUYEN
reviewed on: 12/16/2014
The first one I got was pretty much crumbling to pieces, his white lapel wasn't him. I told Shar about it and they sent me another one, which lasted a few months, but developed the same problem.
SHAR Cleaning Cloth - Treated
REVIEWED BY: STEPHEN COLANTTI
reviewed on: 12/15/2014
Conflicting info or dual purpose?
I just received my order in the mail. I ordered a treated and an untreated cloth. The very sparse info online indicates that the treated cloth is used to pick up rosin dust. Instructions that come with the cloth don't mention rosin at all but seems to suggest its use as a polishing cloth. It is chemically treated with silicone added. The untreated cloth has no accompanying info at all. Treated is yellow, untreated pink. The packer's aesthetic sense or standard? Hard to tell since pictures of both show pink and yellow. As a disclaimer, I have yet to use either cloth.
The Impressionist Chinrest Comforter - Black Large
REVIEWED BY: BRUCE WELTI
reviewed on: 12/13/2014
Freedom From Distraction!
Like many players, I have experimented with various chin rests and shoulder rests, and had arrived at what I thought was a pretty good setup. I knew there was still some looseness in it, and while I was playing I often made little adjustments to how I was holding my violin. Now with the Impressionist in place I don't have to adjust at all. I'm amazed at how much it helps my playing - it's easier to play in tune, my left hand is more relaxed, and my tone is better because it's easier to pay attention my bow placement and angle. It's a very substantial difference. I wish I would have found this thing years ago.
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.
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
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.