Cello Stands and Other Accessories

We all know the basics needed for playing cello: instrument and bow. But what about all of the other available products? What is necessary for you or the player in your life is subjective, but there are some helpful accompanying products on the market. Here is a sample of our offerings at Johnson String Instrument:

Endpin Rests

These are by far one of the most popular accessories for cello. This product is used to keep an endpin from slipping on the floor when playing. While the endpin is generally sharp enough to anchor the cello, this product is useful for slippery surfaces or when you can’t poke holes in the floor.

The Xeros Anchor for Cello is the most popular endpin rest we carry. The Xeros has a strap attaching it to a chair, adding an extra level of security and ensuring stability. This model is particularly used in schools.

 

Another popular endpin rest is the Rock Stop. The rubber base grips the floor and works for a variety of surfaces without needing to be attached to a chair. Our complete inventory of endpin rests can be found here.

Cello Stools

These are useful for cellists who are looking for a specific chair height and/or a portable seat for gigs.

Adjustrite Tall: $209.00

Adjustrite Tall: $209.00

The Adjustrite brand has chairs with a back and adjustable height. These are portable but tend to be heavier. They have a regular height, tall (pictured above), and junior size. This last size accommodates smaller players, making them a good option for young cellists.

The adjustable folding chairs, such as the easy adjustable model pictured above are perfect for gigs. They fold/unfold easily, making them highly portable, and have many height options.  For cellists who prefer stools, we also offer multiple types of collapsible stools. Our full selection of cello chairs can be found here.

Cello Stands

This product is for when you would like to display your cello or store it outside the case.

The Boston Cello Stand is the most economically priced. It is collapsible and easily stored, as well as able to accomodate different sizes.

The Ingles stand can be adjusted as well and also has support for the neck of the instrument. In addition, these products have a hook for the bow, unlike the Boston model.

We also carry our own JSI brand wooden stands. These are supportive and made with different finishes to fit any room’s décor. Some models, such as the Deluxe, offer a spot to store the bow as well. These stands are designed for full sized cellos only. Our complete selection of cello stands can be found here.

Wolf Eliminators

When you find a wolf on your cello, there are a variety of wolf eliminators that are available for your instrument. The best thing to do is to work with a luthier or your teacher to find what works best for your instrument. A full selection can be found at our website here.

As the holidays get closer, we hope that you keep us in mind when finding gifts for the musicians in your life! All of the products listed here and more can be found on our website or in our Newton Upper Falls storefront.

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Rentals at JSI

With over 40 years of experience, Johnson String Instrument is the largest string instrument dealer on the east coast. The cornerstone of the company is our extensive rental program. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail—everything from setting up our fleet of instruments to managing your account is designed to make your rental experience easy and enjoyable.

Our rental program is so successful because we listen to what our customers need. Students need high-quality, affordable instruments that will make their experience enjoyable. Parents want staff that are well-informed, insurance to cover inevitable child mishaps, and convenience when it comes to managing their accounts. Finally, teachers want to send their students to a reliable place and know that each student has the right tools. It is with these things in mind that our rental program has evolved and expanded over the years into the household name it is now. Start a rental today by visiting us in-store at 1029 Chestnut Street in Newton Upper Falls, online at www.johnsonstring.com, or by phone at 800-359-9351. Watch our newest video to learn more:

 

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Applying to Music School

Applying to Music School Photo

It’s that time of year: college application season. Deadlines may seem a long way off, but do not be deceived;

They will sneak up on you.

If you are looking to study music, now is the time to begin if you have not already. Some things to keep in mind when you’re applying to music schools:

Decide what kind of program you want. Do you want a conservatory where the sole focus of your studies is music, or a music school within a university/college so you can take outside classes as well? There are advantages to both, but ultimately you need to decide what works best for you. This is not to say you can only apply to one or the other–many people apply to both, and some variety in your options down the road can be a great asset. When you are vetting prospective schools, it is a good thought to have in the back of your mind.

Be careful of how many schools you apply to. Remember, as a musician you will need to audition at all of these schools and possibly send in pre-screening materials. That friend who’s looking to study political science and is applying to twelve schools? That friend does not have to do ten auditions at ten different schools with ten different repertoire lists on top of the regular application process. Know how much you can handle, and don’t schedule so many auditions that you are overwhelmed.

Know which application you need to fill out. Some use the Common Application, others a common conservatory site, and still others have their own application process. Double check each school’s website you are applying to if you aren’t sure what materials are required or on what platform they need to be submitted.

Get your prescreening materials in on time. If you are a violinist or cellist, most if not all schools will have some sort of prescreening process. The best case scenario is to have all of your repertoire learned by the beginning of October so that you can be ready to send recordings in November/December. Make sure you follow the guidelines detailed by the school–your recording could be incredible, but if it’s not the repertoire or the format requested you could be shooting yourself in the foot. This is the easiest way to weed out applicants: if you don’t follow directions, they won’t waste their time.

One last thing about prescreening recordings: do not cut in the middle of the piece. Most schools are fine with a cut in between pieces, but they do not want to hear or see any editing during. Think of it like a live audition: you don’t get to stop in the middle and start over. If you’re ever unsure, check the school’s website or call the admissions office.

If possible, visit the schools and attend performances. This will give you an idea of what kind of repertoire, caliber, and school culture to expect. If you can’t go in person, many schools have performances recorded on their websites, YouTube, or Vimeo. If you can, talk to current students or recent grads to get an idea of what the program is like. You will have questions about what is important to you in a school, so don’t hesitate to ask for answers.

 

When the time comes, visit us at our store in Newton Upper Falls or online and www.johnsonstring.com for all of your audition needs. Short of practicing for you, we have everything you need to do your best at your auditions. Good luck to all, and stayed tuned in December for another post specifically about college auditions!

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JSI vs. Dunn Gaherin’s Softball Game!

In the last game of the season, JSI lost to Dunn Gaherin’s 16-14 despite an incredible 8 run comeback in the final inning. It all began when a representative from Dunn Gaherin’s, an Irish bar across from us on Elliot Street, walked over to challenge us to a game of softball back in July. While we lost to their more established team, we have been giving them a run for their money the past two games with the help of some extra batting practice.

Check out photos from the games below, and be sure to visit our neighbors and softball rivals Dunn Gaherin’s for great food, drinks, and fun!

Johnson String in the field while Dunn's bats during Game 3.

Johnson String in the field while Dunn Gaherin’s bats during Game 3.

 

Someone thought our warm ups were an elaborate game of fetch.

Someone thought our warm ups were an elaborate game of fetch.

 

Luckily that someone was also very friendly.

Luckily that someone was also very friendly.

 

Getting a quick batting practice in before the game.

Getting a quick batting practice in before the game.

 

Luthier Colin Skofield at bat.

Luthier Colin Skofield at bat.

 

The two teams celebrating a great Game 1 at Dunn-Gaherin's.

The two teams celebrating a great Game 1 at Dunn-Gaherin’s. Photo credit: Dunn-Gaherin’s

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