Tips for Instrument Care

First time player or parent of a first time player? Here are some tips on caring for your instrument:

Clean your instrument with a soft cloth, as well as the stick of the bow.

This is something that should be done every time you finish playing in order to prevent rosin buildup. Make sure to wipe down the strings, fingerboard, wherever you see rosin on the body of the instrument, and the stick of the bow. If you want to polish or clean your instrument, only use a compound made for string instruments such as our JSI Cleaner and Polish.  A complete list of our instrument cleaning products can be found here.

Keep your instrument’s environment consistent.

The easiest way to accomplish this is to keep your instrument away from extreme temperatures. This means storing it in an insulated room away from vents, heating or air conditioning units, and windows. Do not leave your instrument in an unattended car, especially during the height of winter or summer.

Another factor to keep in mind is that string instruments are sensitive to humidity. Too much will cause the wood to expand, causing problems like immobile pegs. Conversely, too little humidity will cause the wood to contract, increasing the risk of open seams and cracks. Consider monitoring the humidity levels with an in-case humidification system to prevent damage.

Store your instrument properly.

When you are done playing, make sure to take off all shoulder rests/sponges and store them safely. Strap or tie down the neck and make sure any accessories like rosin or pencils are in an accessory pocket. Loosen the bow every time you put it away to prevent the stick from warping and to extend the life of your bow hair.

Do not attempt your own repairs.

It may be tempting to glue an open seam back together or straighten a warped bridge yourself, but performing your own repairs can become more damaging and costly than the initial issue. Particular methods and materials are used to fix stringed instruments; when you use a material that is not normally found on a string instrument, this can harm it. If you suspect something is out of place, please pay a visit to our workshop and let our luthiers assess the instrument.
Use your eyes and ears.

Your powers of observation are your best asset when it comes to taking care of your instrument. If something does not sound or look right, it most likely is not. If you hear an unexplained buzzing or rattling, see an open seam or a crack, or notice anything else out of place about your instrument, bring it to your luthier to have it checked out. If problems are ignored, they can easily get worse and more costly to correct. A little preventative care will allow your instrument to remain in good working order.

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Cellos & Cello Bows Exhibit!

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Carriage House Violins has designated March 2015 as Cello month and will be offering an expanded selection of cellos and cello bows for sale.

Selected cellos and bows are now on display in our Contemporary Cello & Cello Bow Exhibit, featuring some of today’s finest makers (see below). For trial information, please contact our cello sales consultant Robert Mayes at rmayes@carriagehouseviolins.com or 617-262-0051 ext 306. If you are shopping for a cello or cello bow, now is a great time to buy!

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Cello makers featured in the exhibit include Michele Ashley, Paul Crowley, Nicolas Gilles, James McKean, David Polstein, Guy Rabut, Benjamin Ruth, Arthur Toman, Gregory Walke, Lawrence Wilke, among others.

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Bow makers include John Aniano, Emmanuel Begin, Jon Crumrine, Pierre-Yves Fuchs, Éric Gagné, Jianfeng Lee, Rodney Mohr, Eric Lane, Georges Tepho, and many more.

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Visit the Carriage House Violins facebook page for featured instruments and bows in the exhibit! We will post a featured cello or cello bow daily throughout March.

To view complete listings of instruments and bows for sale at Carriage House Violins, please visit carriagehouseviolins.com. You can always contact one of our knowledgable sales consultants to schedule an appointment to play the instruments in our shop, or set up a home trial!


Also during Cello Month, Johnson String Instrument is having a sale on select cello music and accessories. Check it out!

'March is Cello Month! See our website for lots of cello music & accessories on sale: http://www.johnsonstring.com/catalog/sale/index.htm'

Click here to see more events scheduled during Cello Month at Carriage House Violins.

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Carriage House Violins location and store hours


March is Cello Month!

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It’s Cello Month at Carriage House Violins!

Throughout the month of March, Carriage House Violins—Johnson String Instrument’s sales division—will host a number of exciting events especially for cellists. Lectures, performances, and an instrument exhibition are among the upcoming events, all taking place in the concert hall at Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.

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The Concert Hall at Carriage House Violins


Cello Month Events

Click here to visit the Cello Month page on the Carriage House Violins website to see the list of remaining events. We are excited to present a number of performances, including a concert by the sensational Boston Cello Quartet, a concert by pioneering cellist and composer Mike Block, an all-Schubert concert to benefit Music For Food, and a concert to honor long-time principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jules Eskin. Also, don’t miss a lecture about cellos in the 18th century presented by Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society.

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The Boston Cello Quartet

Friday, March 13, 2015 – The Boston Cello Quartet – Blaise Déjardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme, cellos.  (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – Mike Block, cellist – solo performance

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – Jules Eskin Tribute

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Jules Eskin

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – All Schubert Concert  to benefit Music for Food, with cellist Blaise Dejardin, pianist Andrei Baumann, and  The Muir Quartet with cellist Robert Mayes.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – The Cello in the 18th Century – Gallery Talk and Demonstration


Contemporary Instrument Exhibition

During Cello Month, an expanded selection of cellos and bows for sale will be offered at Carriage House Violins. These instruments will be on display in an instrument exhibition featuring renowned modern makers. If you are shopping for a cello or bow, this is a great time to visit us to try the instruments in the collection, and speak to our knowledgable sales consultants at Carriage House Violins!

Click here for the full listing of cello makers, and here for the listing of bow makers featured in our Cello Month Instrument Exhibition.

You can also learn about featured Cello Month instruments on the Carriage House Violins facebook page!


The Boston Cello Society

We’re pleased to announce the founding of the Boston Cello Society by the Carriage House Violins cello specialist, Robert Mayes. Click here to learn more!

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Guitars & Other Fretted Instruments

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Welcome to The Guitar Shop at Johnson String Instrument!

CHV.118_rob+guitar-kid_11x6While JSI’s excellent reputation for providing quality bowed instruments to aspiring string players has long been known (since 1976!), we want to spread the word about the success of our relatively new fretted instrument division: JSI’s Guitar Shop.

With the opening of The Guitar Shop in 2012, the Johnson family returned to their folk roots, recalling their very first music shop called the Columbus Folk Music Center, based in Columbus, Ohio in the 1960s. Here, Roger and Carol Johnson played host to Jerry Garcia, Peter Seeger, Doc Watson, and other folk, old-time, and blues musicians.

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Carol Johnson with autoharp, 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the family moved to Newton, Massachusetts in 1974, violins, violas, and cellos became the focus, and Johnson String Instrument grew to become the largest bowed string instrument shop in New England. Today, with the addition of a wide selection of acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, and ukuleles offered at JSI’s Guitar Shop, Johnson String Instrument has become the most comprehensive stringed instrument company on the East coast, opening up vast possibilities of music-making to our customers!

The Guitar Shop at JSI carries some of the finest fretted instruments at the best value to be found. We’ve chosen the best-sounding models of guitars (steel and nylon-string), mandolins, and ukuleles from renowned fretted instrument companies, including Cordoba, Eastman, Northfield, and Yamaha, and have begun our own line of 1/2-size and full-size guitars: The AJ Series Guitars. Set up to our exacting standards, we ensure that our fretted instruments are easy to play and produce a beautiful tone quality. JSI’s Guitar Shop also offers fretted instrument accessories and setup services.

To learn more about fretted instruments at Johnson String, watch the video below, visit The Guitar Shop on the Johnson String Instrument website, and keep an eye on our blog site!