Latest Accessories Reviews
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.
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Pam Richardson
reviewed on: 09/03/2014
Finally! A smart solution (Love it!!!)
I have taught privately for over 30 years and have wasted so much lesson time fixing wrists. I eventually figured out that if I start my kids up on the body of the violin- their little hand takes a good shape in no time at all. This nifty little thing works wonders by allowing kids to learn the notes in first position AND to have the benefit of FEELING that body. I hear you can work on vibrato too with it, but I use a different approach for that. Fantastic device.
Mach One M07 Shoulder Rest
REVIEWED BY: STEPHEN DAMICO
reviewed on: 08/22/2014
I like this!
Saw this rest in the catalog and thought I'd give it a try. The shape fits over my shoulder nicely and positions my violin straight out and into that sweet spot. The cushion is soft. Light weight, well made, highly recommended for not much investment. Only down side is now I'm tempted to try out The Hook!
Adjustrite Junior Stool
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, SAMUEL ARAYA
reviewed on: 08/20/2014
Perfect for young cellists
One of my students bought this stool last year after I recommended they try it instead of the grow-with-me stool. I'm really glad they did because it is so much better! It is so much lighter and sturdier than I expected, and the padding makes it very comfortable to sit on. Also, the all-black looks very professional in performances. I now recommend it to all my 1/10-1/8 size cello students.
Aluminum Light Music Stand With Bag Black
REVIEWED BY: BARBARA WALDEN
reviewed on: 08/20/2014
flawed design in this music stand
I wanted a lightweight easily portable black music stand. This is all of those things, but it has a design flaw that really detracts from using it. One is supposed to flip over the music tray into the proper position by pressing a button but this does not work at all. I had to take a screwdriver and dismantle the button mechanism in order to get the stand to be totally upright. Obviously I am not going to do this every time I go somewhere with the stand, so this detracts from portability and is really disappointing. I'm regretting that I bought this online instead of trying out stands at my local music store. Buyers beware
REVIEWED BY: ELEANOR BENNETT
reviewed on: 08/18/2014
I tried this with two of my students who refuse to play with a straight wrist and it was instant fix! After a few minutes of playing they kept a straight wrist and didn't even lean on the devise like I thought they would.
Bonmusica Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 08/04/2014
Seems like I've tried every shoulder rest in the known universe. This one is the most adjustable. With my narrow shoulders, protruding collarbone, and high neck, it worked the best of all of them, especially since I could place it at a high angle. It is lightweight too. Not fitting in my violin case is a minor issue.