Strings Magazine July 2015 Issue Preview

On the Cover 2015 Buyer’s Guide: The String Player’s Essential Directory of Shops, Makers, and Suppliers Focus on Shopping Smart Buying a Baroque Bow. Buying a Step-up Instrument. Philip Kass on What Drives Pricing in the Violin Trade. Features and Departments The Portland Cello Project: It all started with a friendly beer. The never ending …

Gibson Acquires HarmonyCentral.com

For the past two decades, HarmonyCentral.com has been one of the most popular Internet resources for practicing guitarists. Thanks to its wide-ranging collection of crowd-sourced gear reviews, industry news, classified ads, and forums, the site has built a diverse and devoted online community, with hundreds of thousands of registered users to its credit. About ten …

Strings Magazine June 2015 Issue Preview

On the Cover Lawrence Power Focus on “A Guide to Competitions” Performance Competitions: The Player’s Perspective. Performance Competitions: The Judges’ Perspective. Performance Competitions: The Audience Perspective. Features and Departments It Was 50 Years Ago Today: How the Beatles launched a string-playing revolution. Lawrence Power on the power of the viola. Prison Song: Benning Violins sponsors …

Live Concert Streaming Service Takes Off

About 15 years ago, a pop duo known as Evan and Jaron, identical twins, rose up the charts with the infectious, hook-laden “Crazy for This Girl.” (Fans of Dawson Creek will surely remember this hit from its appearance in the cult TV show.) Unfortunately, the career of Evan and Jaron plateaued soon after this breakthrough, …

Strings Magazine May 2015 Issue Preview

On the Cover Calidore String Quartet Special Focus: Salute to the Violin Shop In the Swing of Things: From Long Island to Louisiana, the modern-day violin shop often features a performance space that draws people together. The Art of the Repair: A photo gallery of elegant instrument repairs. The Dream Team: Remembering the Wurlitzer Violin …

FAA Issues Long-awaited Travel Guidelines for Musicians

Airline travel can make people want to pull out their hair even under the best of circumstances, but it can be nothing less than traumatizing for musicians afraid of damaging a valuable instrument. Now, thanks to new rules set to take effect March 6, string musicians can feel more secure and protected when traveling with …