Student Instruments: When You Should Rent, and When You Should Buy

Studying a stringed instrument like a violin, viola or cello can be pricey. The decision to rent or buy largely depends on the student’s age and commitment. Adults who enjoy being musicians by and large were enthusiastic about studying their instrument as children. They may not stay with the instrument they started on – how […]

The Study: Do Modern Violins Measure Up to Strads?

Double-blind tests in 2014 found newer violins have a preferred sound, shocking many. But it’s music to the ears of violinists with smaller budgets. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the taste is on the tongue of the gourmand, is the sound of the sweetest violin only in the ear of […]