Latest Accessories Reviews
Kun Bravo Shoulder Rest - Hardwood and Solid Brass
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, CAROL KERSTEN
reviewed on: 02/01/2016
My Bravo problem.
I have used the Bravo for quite a few years and have always thought it did the job. Recently I found that my Bravo is touching the back of the violin and creating a low tone. It actually took me awhile to diagnose this problem. Is it time to get a new Bravo or is there a remedy to this problem?
Cradle with KorfkerRest
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, CHRISTOPHER A VITAS
reviewed on: 01/28/2016
Worth every penny.
Just received the KorfkerCradle from Shar and this is amazing. I also have the KorfkerRest but I needed extra support because of a neck injury. Right out of the cleverly designed slide-open box, the KorfkerCradle fit very well and a simple adjustment made it perfect. It's a little higher so that brought the chin rest to my chin so I bend my neck only slightly, if at all. My violin's tone has opened up, just like Pirastro advertises. It's a lot of money yes but it doesn't get any better than this.
Kun Original Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 3/4 - 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 01/27/2016
Love this shoulder rest!
I had a Wolf Forte Secondo shoulder rest for years and it fell off all. the. time. I resorted to anchoring it with a rubberband and I still had issues. I ordered a Kun after a recommendation from my teacher and I love it! I've been playing on it for a little over a month and it hasn't fallen off once!
Hill Boxwood Violin Tailpiece with White Fret 4/4 Size
REVIEWED BY: Student, CAROL NICHOLS
reviewed on: 01/25/2016
Elegant, quiet, slight problem
This boxwood tailpiece is elegant and effective in reducing noise from the adjuster screws. However, take care to notice the fitting of the fret. I believe that the white fret is plastic and may crack or pop out (as it did for me). Try the tailpiece with the ebony fret. It has a wood to wood bond and seems tighter. SHAR very graciously replaced the first tailpiece and the ebony fret version is very satisfactory.
Korg Digital Metronome MKD2
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Susan Di Biase
reviewed on: 01/22/2016
Got it for the woodblocks
I have another tuner/metronome combo that I carry with me (Korg TM-50), but this is my studio metronome. I needed one that was loud enough to use in a chamber music setting. This one has several choices of sound so you can select one that cuts through, or one that is just less annoying, like woodblocks. It will generate an A for tuning. It has a tap function and an easy sound on/off button, but you must remember to turn it all the way off when you finish practicing.
Bonmusica Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 4/4 size)
REVIEWED BY: RANDY RHODES
reviewed on: 01/19/2016
Bonmusica is great
I am a beginner fiddler. This rest stabilizes the instrument much better than other rests I tried to use. That wiggling fiddle was very hard to play! The wiggling is over now!
SHAR Perfekt Time Quartz Metronome
REVIEWED BY: Student, MARY COUGHLIN
reviewed on: 01/16/2016
This is the first metronome I've bought that is really loud enough to help me - internalize- the beat. It also voices the eighth as well as quarter note which will be a great help. I haven't used it in practice yet, but I already know it is the answer to my problem!
Premium Cotton Chinrest Cover
REVIEWED BY: Parent, SUYAPA MOREIRA YAGUCHI
reviewed on: 01/13/2016
Purchased this item for my seven year old. The button would irritate her skin. She loves it. It is easy to put on and covers the button nicely. Overall, it's a useful product. She's used it now for about two weeks so I don't know how durable it is. For this reason I will give it four stars rather than five.
NS Micro Tuner by D'Addario for Violin and Viola
REVIEWED BY: LINDA WILHELM
reviewed on: 01/12/2016
Inexpensive, but . . .
I knew this was an inexpensive tuner but I didn't expect it to be quite so cheap looking and functioning. It does clamp on well, but I found it very difficult to see and use.
Kinder Chinder Pad for Shoulder Rest or Chinrest - Large
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 12/20/2015
Works for me
In getting back to violin playing, I wasn't happy with the rigid shoulder rests I had grown up using. I preferred the more direct and looser connection of no shoulder rest, but that required using a cloth to prevent contact pain. This pad works just right for me. I'm experimenting with adding a bit more padding in the shoulder pocket which has only a very thin piece of foam.
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.
Grow With Me Cello Chair
REVIEWED BY: Parent, Anonymous
reviewed on: 09/14/2015
Perfect for our needs
We used this chair from the time our cellists were three until they were tall enough for a standard chair. It was sturdy, easily adjustable, and lightweight. The only drawback is that it does not fold. I would highly recommend to any parent of a young cellist.