the international society of bassists convention

ISB 2017 will be held at Ithaca College June 5 - 10. Singing Woods Violin Shop will be exhibiting at Booth 12 in the Presser Room at the Whalen Center for Music. At various times all of us will be at the booth waiting to show some of the unusual basses that we make in our shop. This year we will be featuring an interesting model with a 5/8-size body and a string length of just 38" in both four-string and five-string models. Also on display will be a chamber bass tuned in fifths G-D-A-E.

› News from the shop

William Hurley is part of Singing Woods Violin Shop as an apprentice, colleague, and friend. Bill has worked in the repair shops of several well-known regional music stores, and he is also a violinist with a degree in performance. We also have two part-time students, Richard Geiger and John Hoffmann. Jamie Kibelsbeck is our newest student. See more in the About Us page

› alto violin Update

The alto violin has become the most popular member of the New Family. We've used the comments and suggestions of our clients to refine the model, and we believe it is the best alto we've ever offered. These altos are completed and varnished here in our shop, and are finished to order. And, as always, hand-made altos are available in two ranges, those made by my senior apprentice, William Hurley, and those I make myself.

› alto violin cases in stock

We are very pleased to announce that Ameritage Case Company is now making cases for us that are designed expressly for the alto violin. The cases have a hard shell, a plush-lined interior, four bow holders, and two capacious compartments for all your accessories. For those who travel frequently, we have a model with wheels and a tow handle. And for anyone who might have the original, large alto pattern, we have a case for you, too!

› price list updated

A current price and availability list for New Family instruments has been posted on that page. This page has not been updated in four years, and, amazingly, the prices for soprano and mezzo violins have not increased! If you want one of these, now would be a good time to purchase since prices will be going up shortly.

last updated: May 5, 2017

News from the Shop