Latest Accessories Reviews
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.
Microphone for Tuner
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, SETH GAMBA
reviewed on: 08/13/2015
Break frequently, but worth it
I use these in a middle school orchestra classroom. They work great - until they break. They are on the fragile side. I replace them frequently. I count them as a kind of ongoing expense, but ultimately worth it.
Liebenzeller Meteor Iron I Violin Rosin
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, WILLIAM KERSHNER
reviewed on: 08/12/2015
I took up fiddling late in life, and after twenty years purchasing rosin at around 10 bucks a cake, I ordered this rosin on a lark (I mistakenly felt wealthier than normal). After just one trial bow application, I'll only use the cheaper stuff if I'm borrowing. This stuff is the BOMB in Colorado.
Klip Lite Music Stand Lamp
REVIEWED BY: RON STYLES
reviewed on: 08/03/2015
I like it
I have used one now for 2-3 years no problem. I keep it at church on the stand and use it for practice and Sunday mornings. I might try getting a clear bulb and see if it brightens up a bit more on the 4 page stand or just get another lamp. 60 + eyes like more light.
AcoustaGrip Protégé Shoulder Rest - for Violin or Viola - fits 1/2-1/10 Violin or Small Viola - Charcoal
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 08/01/2015
Comfortable and doesn't fall off!
I have been using an Acoustagrip shoulder rest (Concertmaster Thick) for over a year and have been very happy with its comfort, lightness, and support. The first one that I tried did not stick properly, but Acoustagrip was kind enough to replace it, and I've been satisfied with the new one. I've also been using the smaller versions for several of my students, and they have loved them so far. The Kuns tend to fall off the instrument often, so the Acoustagrip has been a good solution for this common problem.
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.
Wittner Hypoallergenic Plastic Violin Chinrest - Center Mounted
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 07/26/2015
Good Center Mount Chinrest - No more shoulder pain
I've been playing for 3 years, & decided to try a center mount after experiencing left shoulder pain (was using Guarneri-style chinrest). Not only is the shoulder pain gone, my bowing is much improved. This chinrest is comfortable & light, and installation is very easy (comes with small screwdriver).
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.
Hamilton Trigger Studio Stand with Extra Shelf
REVIEWED BY: Parent, Anonymous
reviewed on: 07/23/2015
As a student & parent, I bought this for strength, stability, height, and storage. Other reviewers say that it falls apart. While we haven't had this stand for more than a month and we almost never move it from the practice space, we love that it is strong enough to hold 5 + music books without difficulties and has storage space for pencils, practice mute, etc. It met our needs so much that we are thinking of purchasing another.
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.
Joey Violin Case Carrier
REVIEWED BY: Student, AMANDA MCKINNEY
reviewed on: 05/15/2015
Great, Comfortable Carrying Case!
Love the Joey! It has very comfortable straps and plenty of storage space for additional music, etc. I slip my American Continental Case into it and I'm off! Definitely Recommend!