[04/16/12] As part of our work on the violin-shaped bass, we have some exciting new models in the pipeline. Because work on basses can completely monopolize time in a small shop like ours, we are pleased to announce that high-quality, low cost basses made on our designs are coming from the highly regarded workshops of Samuel Shen. These are made after the design for the Unger five-string bass, the first of which is already here. Before the ISB COnvention in 2013, four-string models will also be available. Please contact us for further information on options, availability, and pricing.
: PLATE TUNING CLASSES
[04/16/12] We are pleased to announce a series of weekend classes for the study of basic plate tuning. Participants should have some experience in basic violin making, but no previous experience in violin acoustics is needed. This is an introductory course; longer and more advanced classes are in the planning stage. The schedule of fall classes is now posted. Follow this link and click on the classes tab for more information.
[02/06/11] We are now stocking a number of items for the player and luthier working with instruments of the New Family. We have chinrest barrels for piccolo (treble) and soprano violins in 15 mm and 20 mm length, and Sitzmann chinrests for the mezzo player. For the alto player we now carry tailpieces in 140 mm and 145 mm lengths, heavier tailhangers, and fingerboards of the correct length with a constant-radius arc. We also have a fine new A string for the alto that is getting rave reviews for its tone and durability. Later this year we will have upgraded alto cases, bent endpins for the alto, and alto bridges for repair and replacement.
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Descriptions and background information about the New Violin Family will soon be found on the Octavivo web site.› Go there
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