The Stretto from Switzerland is simply the most effective system for maintaining a safe and consistent humidity level in a case's interior. The Stretto bag effectively humidifies for up to two weeks. When ready to rehydrate the bag, simply re-soak in water (use distilled water for best results). Benefits to the player include an instrument safer from the risk of cracks, more consistent performance, and bow hair that does not dry and shrink (causing higher tension risking warpage or even tip breaks).
Charles Avsharian, CEO of SHAR, says about the Stretto: "I highly recommend the Stretto system to advanced players and professionals as it is without question the best humidifying system available. The humidifying bags are easy to use, and last up to two weeks without any maintenance. For those with valuable instruments and bows, I believe the Stretto system is extremely valuable for safeguarding their investment and for consistent top performance."
And Cyrus Forough, Concert Artist, Professor of Violin , Carnegie Mellon University says about the Stretto: "As in all museums protecting great works of art, the humidity must be equalized for the preservation of such masterpieces. All instruments require similar protection, regardless of their age, we owe it to our precious investment. I heartily recommend the Stretto."
Humidity Advisory Central heating, air conditioning and the dry climate parts of the country have done more damage to musical instruments than all other natural forces. There are a few absolutes to follow in order to keep your instrument in top condition and save time and money spent on repair.
1. Use the Stretto system of controlled, moisture release and electronic humidistat. 2. Keep your case closed at all times except to remove or replace the instrument. 3. Replace moisture pouches as needed (keep some spares handy).
The hygrometer operates with single AAA battery (included) and reads humidity and temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius; it also records the most recent highest and lowest settings of both readings. It can attach with included Velcro strips to the interior of case, or it can simply be stored in accessory pocket inside case. The Stretto effectively humidifies the entire case, so if the hygrometer is placed inside a pocket, its readings will still be accurate for entire case.
NEW Kun Bravo Shoulder Rest! Ingenious multi-layered hardwood laminate design maintains Kun's elegant and instantly recognizable shape, while providing strength and a degree of flexibility. The polished brass fittings and handsome wood finish combine for an attractive finish where form follows function. Basically identical to the design and shape of the Kun Original #1313. Each Bravo rest comes with attractive brown velvet drawstring bag.
This revolutionary design made from aerospace grade carbon fiber has resulted in a lightweight, strong and beautiful shoulder rest, with enhanced accoustic and resonating qualities. Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, features the patented Kun folding mechanism and finite adjustment. For 4/4 violin.
Every students wants good vibrato, and in this video you will see a complete curriculum of time-tested excercises to acquire, develop and expand your vibrato. Dr. Fischbach works with students on violin, viola, cello and bass to provide detailed, action-oriented demonstrations of proven techniques. 40 minutes. Recommended by Michael Avsharian, Shar Senior VP: "This is a teaching tool that you will keep coming back to."
As a parent, have you ever asked yourself these questions: Why doesn't my child listen to me when I give the same directions the teacher gave? Should we switch to a different teacher, or would a new instrument help? How do I get my child to play from the heart?
Building on over 20 years of experience as a violin teacher, including multiple positions with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association, Edmund Sprunger answers some of the most common concerns of parents who practice with their children. (272 page paperback).