. . . Octet Parts . . .

If you make octet instruments and are frustrated by the lack of certain small parts, I might be able to help. Please browse our offerings by clicking on the tabs, and let me know if you're looking for something and can't find it.

  • bridges
  • cases
  • endpins
  • strings
  • tailhangers
  • tailpieces


Alto Violin

alto violn bridge modern styleWe now offer CNC-cut bridge blanks that fit most existing and early alto violin models. We designed them in the modern style, but a more traditional version is in the works. These are the same bridges we use to set up all our alto violins.











Last updated: May 11, 2017

Alto Cases

Hard-shell alto case

We now offer very high-quality alto cases custom made for Singing Woods by GWW Case Company.

RJS-AL $330.95
RJS-ALW $346.00

The AL and AL-W cases are designed to fit the current production of alto violins with body lengths between 485 and 496 mm from Singing Woods Violin Shop. The difference beween them is that the ALW model has wheels and a tug handle. The cases feature rugged 6-ply carcass construction, heavy-duty hardware, latches, and stitching, plush interiors with two generous accessory pockets, and four bow holders, two for longer bows and two for shorter models. You can store the instrument with the endpin rod in place.

RJS-XL $360.00
RJS-XLW $375.00

We still get requests for cases that will fit the original very large Hutchins model alto with body lengths greater than 495 mm, and the XL model was produced for those instruments. It is otherwise identical to the AL models.

XLW alto case

The XLW (extra-large, wheels) case.






Last updated: May 13, 2017

Alto Endpin Assembly Set

I am please to offer a lightweight and compact endpin assembly set designed especially for the alto violin. The full set consists of :

alto endpin set* 1 carbon fiber rod, 18 inches (457 mm) long; .31 inches (8 mm) in diameter.
* 1 hardened steel tip, machined to a smooth and very sharp point.
* 1 Precision-machined end plug fitting with thumbscrew.
* 1 soft rubber collar.
* 1 soft tip cap (not shown)

This assembly will save you hours of labor, and it also avoids the usual enormous hole that weakens the end block of your alto when trying to use a small cello fitting. The sliding rod is available either in aluminum or carbon fiber. The plug has the same taper as a standard cello peg reamer, so the plug can be installed by any reasonably well-equipped violin shop.

The aluminum rod is very light in weight. It is designed to allow the use of either the modern standard cello peg reamer or the older models that are slightly shorter. A soft rubber collar is included to cushion the assembly and protect the varnish in case you or your client prefer a slight downward angle on the rod.

The carbon-fiber rod (shown, above) is very light and very strong. It has been sized to fully retract inside any alto violin body. The entire rod slides out and can be stored separately, if needed. The assembly can also be used effectively on tenor violins.

complete set, aluminum $45.00
complete set, carbon fiber $55.00


endpin plug

endpin plug

Once in a while we get requests from alto players who wish to sometimes play the instrument on their lap, gamba-style, and sometimes on the standard pin. To keep odd sounds coming through the empty endpin assembly when the rod is removed, and to prevent the screw from rattling or getting lost, my associate, Bill Hurley, came up with the idea of this handy little plug. We make them from 80-year-old Lilac wood, and we round the bottom to make them safe and comfortable to use.

$29.95 (made to order; please inquire).





updated May 26, 2017

Two great choices!


We now stock two great strings for all sizes of alto violin, the Pirastro Tonica 42cm set and our old favorite standby the SuperSensitive Sensicore Extra Long. Both feature a synthetic core for a nice warm sound. The Sensicore is a higher-tension string. The strings are available in sets and individually as well.

The original New Family set in the green envelope will soon be discontinued, but we have a number of loose strings in stock and will continue to make them available until they are gone.














updated May 26, 2017

Tailhangers (tailguts)


Tailhangers are a perennial problem with the NewFamily of violins. First, the standard lengths don't fit, and, second, some of the larger New Family instruments come in two models, one with deep ribs and one with shallow ribs. Each will require a different size tailhanger. The tailhangers on this page will fit the Spear third-generation models and the Hutchins shallow-rib designs. I do not offer a tailgut for the deep-rib models because no one I am aware of is building them any more. Please contact me if you need a custom size.

Modified alto tailhanger: $6.95

Modified tenor tailhanger: $6.95

Modified baritone tailhanger: $8.95

In the photo on the right, the taihanger on the left is one that comes from commercial supply houses sized for a 1/10-size cello. This one happens to be from Howard Core, but others are nearly identical. It is just long enough so that your alto tailpiece will be suspended midway between the bridge and the saddle where it will look prominently odd.

The tailhanger to the right is sized for an alto violin of either the Hutchins or Spear design alto and assumes a rib height of 38 to 40 mm. There is a generous length of thread to accommodate different alto designs and end plug diameters. Simply nip off any excess. The final length of the installed piece will be shorter than shown in the picture.

The nylon material of the "gut" is the heavier size normally supplied for all cellos. It is about 3.5 mm in diameter. Some of the Chinese types are considerably thinner, but still seem to work. I don't offer the Chinese product as custom-length items. Because different manufacturers work under different measurement standards, be aware that on some wooden tailpieces the holes bored to receive the tailhanger might have to be widened slightly.

Since I run a small shop, I buy commercial tailhangers and modify them for length, then I cut the threads by hand with a die. This accounts for the present price, but I think you'll find that the expense is more than offset by the time you save.

To order, contact me. Please inquire If you need a tailhanger in a special size.



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