Products, Accessories, and Violin Maintenance


Violin String Reviews
String ID Guide - Identify the strings on a violin
This link to a PDF file on can be very helpful when you want to identify the strings on a violin. It shows the color coding of most brands of strings.

Shoulder Rests

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.


Custom Chin Rests
Wave Chin Rest
This is the chin rest Beth uses now.
SAS Chinrests
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.
Information on Fitting Chinrests as well as Brands of Chinrests
Also check out "Violin and Health" in the Resource section for more information on setup

Fingerboard Tapes

Trimbrite T1110 1/8 Pinstripe Tape White
Don't Fret Position Indicator for 4/4 Violin or 14" Viola


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.

Stand Light

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.

Violin Buying Information

How to Choose a Violin: 10 Factors to Consider According to Science