Products, Accessories, and Violin Maintenance
String ID Guide - Identify the strings on a violin
This link to a PDF file on violinstringreview.com can be very helpful when you want to identify the strings on a violin. It shows the color coding of most brands of strings.
Bon Musica 4/4 Violin Shoulder Rest
This is the shoulder rest I used before switching to the Acoustagrip. This is an excellent shoulder pad as it is highly flexible and alleviates neck tension as it's curved design hangs onto the shoulder.
AcoustaGrip 'Concert Master Thick' Violin Shoulder Rest--Fits 3/4 and Full Size Violins and Violas
The best thing about this product is that it adheres to the back of the violin. I have been using this one now for a few years. I bought the thick pad, but had to cut some of it away to fit me better.
Wave Chin Rest
This is the chin rest Beth uses now.
These chinrests come in different heights and the angle is adjustable. I use the 32mm with a low shoulder pad. These chin rests are ideal for those with long necks and/or shorter jaws.
The Original Bernardel Rosin For Violin - Viola - Cello
I and all my colleagues use this rosin. It has a clean finish and grabs without the excess "fluff" in the tone.
Aria D1 Diva Music Stand Light
This is the light I have on my music stands at home. It's pricey but you'll never have to change the bulbs. It has the best coverage too.