String Accessories

BOWS

CARBON FIBER BOWS

Anton Richter Bows

ANTON RICHTER BOWS

The Anton Richter carbon fiber bows are designed for balance and ease of playing while still maintaining strength and great tone. There are three different models varying in carb on fiber structure: straight fibers, woven fibers, or combined. Each has a unique playing characteristic. These bows are extremely durable and made with premium horse hair. While these bows retail at other locations as high as $325, we have cut out the middle man and get them direct from the distributor and offer them at a fraction of the price!

Coda Bows

CODA BOWS

Code set the international standard for carbon fiber bows. Using space age technology, the creators are on a mission to supply string players with a premium quality bow that will last indefinitely. Each bow is hand crafted and only uses the highest quality of horse hair.

JonPaul Bows

JonPaul Bows

JonPaul Bows is run by two regular guys who just happen to have a passion for bows. Jon Hatch and Paul Prier have over 30 years of combined bow-making experience. Since 1997, they have worked together with a team of craftsmen to develop carbon-fiber composite bows good enough to outshine traditional wood bows. By combining traditional French models with high-tech materials, JonPaul Bows has raised a new standard in the industry for playability and aesthetics. At the same time, their bows are durable enough to stand up to the hazards of orchestra pits. Truly, JonPaul Bows are the best of both worlds: old-world craftsmanship and new-world technology.

FIBERGLASS BOWS

Fiberglass Bows

Fiberglass bows are the standard when it comes to beginning level string players. They are seemingly indestructible, yet still have a high quality of playability and real horse hair.

FUSION BOWS

Fusion Bows

FUSION BOWS

Get the best of both worlds with your Fusion bow. Fusion bows are a relatively new item that are designed to give you the tone and color of a wood bow and the strength and flexibility of a carbon fiber bow. Fusion bows have a carbon fiber core and are veneered in pernambuco. Available in limited quantities.

WOOD BOWS

There are many classifications of wood bows and Summerhays Music Center offers a selection of all of them! Everything from authentic hand selected pernambuco bows, to ipe wood, sandalwood, and a variety of brazilwood. All of our bows have authentic horse hair and are available in full mount or half mount frogs. Our bows are available in nickel or silver mount with gold mounts by request. It is important to audition a selection of wood bows to find the perfect fit for your playing style and comfort. Stop by with your instrument at any time and try some out!

Brazilwood bow

BRAZILWOODWOOD BOWS

Brands we carry: Richter, Erich Steiner, Daniel Delcourt

Both brazilwood and pernambuco bows should come from the same brazilwood tree in South America (although sometimes wiley companies try to use an alternative brazilwood tree for brazilwood bows). The difference between the two bows comes from what part of the tree the wood is taken. Pernambuco comes from the denser, slow growing heartwood of the tree, and brazilwood comes from the less dense portion. Thus, the quality of either stick is still on a scale with not much difference between a high end brazilwood stick and a low end pernambuco stick.

Pernambuco sticks are more dense, and they can better withstand the pressure of tense hair and vigorous playing without being subject to warping. The density adds control and vibrancy to playing. This, of course, does not mean that brazilwood bows automatically warp and have dull sound. When properly cared for, brazilwood can have a very long life span, as well. And wood is not the only factor in a bows playability; a master bow maker can make a brazilwood bow that is far superior to any company pernambuco bow. It just happens that the master bow maker usually does not use brazilwood.

Pernambuco Bows

PERNAMBUCO BOWS

Brands We Carry: L’archet,Arcos Brazil, Replica,Water Violet

Both brazilwood and pernambuco bows should come from the same brazilwood tree in South America (although sometimes wiley companies try to use an alternative brazilwood tree for brazilwood bows). The difference between the two bows comes from what part of the tree the wood is taken. Pernambuco comes from the denser, slow growing heartwood of the tree, and brazilwood comes from the less dense portion. Thus, the quality of either stick is still on a scale with not much difference between a high end brazilwood stick and a low end pernambuco stick.

Pernambuco sticks are more dense, and they can better withstand the pressure of tense hair and vigorous playing without being subject to warping. The density adds control and vibrancy to playing. This, of course, does not mean that brazilwood bows automatically warp and have dull sound. When properly cared for, brazilwood can have a very long life span, as well. And wood is not the only factor in a bows playability; a master bow maker can make a brazilwood bow that is far superior to any company pernambuco bow. It just happens that the master bow maker usually does not use brazilwood.

STRINGS ACCESSORIES

WITTNER BRAND

Wittner Fine Tune Pegs

WITTNER FINETUNE PEGS

  • Peg made of ‘high-tech’ composite material and light alloy.
  • The tapered peg is put into place without glue by simply pressing it into the pegbox just like an ordinary peg
  • Self-inhibiting transmission inside the peg ensures the string can not lose tension
  • The Finetune-Peg does not need to be loosened or tightened in order to tune a string, unlike ordinary pegs. Simply turn the head of the Finetune-Peg in the desired direction.
  • No wear on peg and peghole (the shaft of the peg does not spin, subsequently there is no friction). Therefore there is no peg/peghole maintenance required.
  • Climate and humidity change has no influence on the peg.
  • Due to high tolerance manufacturing, each peg is consistently accurate for size, color and quality.
 
Wittner Tailpiece

WITTNER TAILPIECE

A Wittner tailpiece is designed with the fine tuners built into the body of the tailpiece. Unlike traditional fine-tuners, which simply sit on the string, fine tuners in a Wittner tailpiece enable the student to tune the instrument without major adjustments to the pegs. Teachers love them because the kids learn to tune their own instrument more quickly and fine adjustments are so much easier.

Since the string fits comfortably into the tailpiece, there is no damage done to the winding of the string, as is sometimes the case with fine tuners that fit onto the string itself. Thus, expensive strings last longer –which saves you money in the long run. And because there is less hardware involved, there is less chance for one of those annoying “buzzes” that come from a traditional style fine-tuner. The tailpiece is precisely designed and manufactured in Germany using the highest quality light metal alloy. Try it, you and your teacher will love it.

Our Professional Strings Department at Summerhays Music has all the knowledge and experience you need when deciding on which instrument is right for you. Stop by any time and they will be happy to assist you!

Wittner Chinrest

WITTNER CHINREST

  • Non-allergenic, made of “Space Age” composite material
  • Smooth lip for added comfort
  • Side Mount
  • Standard bracket

STRINGS

Thomastick Infeld Strings

THOMASTICK INFELD STRINGS

Dominant Strings: Widely regarded as “the reference standard” Dominant strings, made with a highly flexible, multi-strand synthetic core, provide the tonal warmth and feel of a gut string while being impervious to changes in humidity. The sound is soft, clear with a stable intonation and they are rich in overtones. One of the world’s most popular strings!

Peter Infeld: A revolution in tonal sound and color for the discerning musician, Peter Infeld (PI) strings produce a rich spectrum of sound colors, the perfect blend of power and elegance, and a wide dynamic range. The strings deliver instant bow response as well as superior tuning ability. The soft left hand feeling brings out the best in you and your performance.Choose from Tin, Gold and the unique Platinum plated and thus very powerful E-strings, and the Aluminum or Silver wound D-strings to achieve a made-to-measure sound for each individual instrument and player.

Vision Solo violin strings feature a technically advanced formulation and architecture designed to produce a blend of exceptional performance and playing characteristics. They offer great warmth with focus and clarity as well as energetic and intense projection. Using advanced synthetic core technology, they are easy to play and settle-in in just one to two hours. They offer unparalleled tuning stability, respond quickly and are more durable than most synthetic core strings.

Spirit Strings: Behind each string of the Spirit! string line is the fundamental idea that making music should bring you joy.The advancing player and aspiring artist will discover that Spirit! strings provide them with everything needed to produce a distinguished sound for every kind of music. These strings impress with an even, balanced tone across all strings and have a beautiful, warm tone, making it also an excellent choice for those looking to balance out a brighter-sounding instrument.

Infeld Red: Wound on an advanced synthetic core, the Infeld string system is designed to cover the entire tonal spectrum, enabling players to achieve string-by-string tonal preferences without the headaches of uneven string-to-string tensions. Infeld Red strings are designed to create a powerful, warm and expansive tone. These strings are excellent for soloists. And Infeld Blue? Find out on the next page!

Infeld Blue strings radiate strong power and brilliance. Mix and match within the Infeld Red and Blue string system to realize your sound ideas! The perfectly attuned strings with identical tension enable you to modify your tone and assemble your sound to your individual liking, personal needs and unique style!

Spirocore strings have a flexible multiwire spiral rope core. They offer a longer period of musical vibration and significantly reduce inertia. Spirocore strings are equally effective when playing arco or pizzicato. They are highly responsive and long lasting.

DAddario Strings

D'ADDARIO STRINGS

Prelude violin strings are manufactured using a solid steel core. Unaffected by temperature and humidity changes, they have excellent bow response. Prelude strings have the warmest sound available in an affordable, solid steel core string design. Prelude is the educator’s preferred choice for student strings due to their unique blend of warm tone, durability, and value.

Helicore Strings are multi-strand twisted steel core strings that are superb for the advanced and professional players. The small string diameter provides quick bow response. Through special manufacturing techniques, the Helicore strings have a warm, clear sound with excellent pitch stability and longevity. These strings work well on dark instruments and electric instruments. Great for all styles of music, classical, modern, jazz, and country.

Kaplan violin strings offer professional-level players an unprecedented combination of beauty and power in two options, Kaplan Amo and Kaplan Vivo. Kaplan Amo provides warmth, richness, and flexibility for brighter instruments, while Kaplan Vivo delivers brilliance, clarity, and a robust feel for darker instruments. Both sets settle quickly, exhibiting a rich tonal color palette and superb bow response.

Zyex strings are made from a new generation of synthetic material, creating strings that are incredibly stable under drastic climatic conditions. Within a matter of hours, Zyex settles in on the instrument with a sound that is warmer than most other synthetic core strings. Zyex is also an excellent choice for use on bright sounding instruments.

 
Larsen Strings

LARSEN STRINGS

At Larsen Strings we develop and produce strings to deliver the finest musical quality for bowed instruments. The ambition to aim for perfection is driven by you and is our commitment to you: The Musician.

Larsen Originals deliver a warm yet direct and unhesitating feel with rapidly achieved tuning stability and consistency of sound. Original, reliable, robust projection, ideal for the brighter to neutral sounding instrument in need of some complementary warmth.

Available in soft, medium and strong tension as individuals or as sets. The Original E is supplied with ball or loop end with a gold plated option.

jargar strings

JARGAR STRINGS

Jargar Violin strings are made of superior quality materials by skilled string makers. The flexible steel core results in a voluminous, well-balanced tone and easy playability. The artist will discover the right features in this versatile string line to produce a distinguished sound for every kind of music.

The G-string is also available with an upper winding of pure silver, which makes the sound more like gut strings. The G Silver Sound for violin is often combined with the normal E, A and D strings as a set to create a warmer and more round sound.

Viola: They are made of a very flexible steel core and they produce a big, powerful, distinct and well-balanced tone. They are easily combined with other brands and especially the A string is often combined with other brands.

Cello:

The Classic string is made of a flexible steel core which gives it the warm and brilliant Jargar sound. They are the result of nearly 60 years tradition of hand made cello strings developed by a cellist to cellists. The Classic strings produce a warm and powerful tone. Their playability, sound qualities and durability has made them the perfect choice for both amateurs and professionals for nearly 60 years.

The Special strings are built on the long tradition of the Classic A and D strings but they are more powerful than the Classic A string and D string. The secret is in the bigger thickness of the strings which give them more power, volume and brilliance and make them the perfect choice for solo playing, chamber music as well as orchestra playing.

The Superior A and D strings sound warm, round and powerful from the first second after winding up the strings. They are very well balanced and rich in overtones. They both support full forte and deep piano colors and they are very projecting and responsive. Superior strings are perfect for chamber music, orchestral playing and solos. The strings are very long-lasting which make them one of the best price-performance ratio in the market.

Bass: The strings produce a warm, big and well-balanced tone and they have a very good projection on high frequencies. They have a very homogeneous sound in all the bass positions. Harmonic sound is easy to make and the tuning of the strings is very stable. The dolce strings can be tuned for solo playing, while the forte and medium strings can only be used for orchestra tuning which make the strings very versatile in use.

evah pirazzi strings

PIRASTRO STRINGS

Pirastro is the only string manufacturer worldwide to produce strings made of all three core materials: sheep gut, various synthetic fibers, and steel.

Evah Pirazzi Solist Cello Strings:

  • The A- and D-strings have a core made from a single filament of high-tensile steel and are wound with chrome steel. The G- and C-strings have a rope core wound with tungsten.
  • The A- and D-strings provide an enormous brilliance and a warm fundamental tone. The G- and C-strings have a very pronounced core sound with great projection; a long decay and extensive lower tone spectrum.
  • A powerful set for the soloist with a direct, open tone and enormous expressive possibilities.
  • As a result of the smaller diameter, these strings make it easy to change positions and to achieve a distinctive response.
  • immediately playable and exceptional tuning stability
  • suitable also for electric or electrically-amplified cellos

ROSIN

Jade Rosin

ROSIN

Brands We Carry: Jade, Art, Arte Kraft, Hills and Sons, Pops, Carlssons, Hidersein, Kohlsteins, Sherman’s, Dominant, Neymans Kaplan

SHOULDER RESTS

Everest Shoulder Rest

EVEREST

Everest shoulder rests are designed in the USA and manufactured with the finest material and workmanship. Our shoulder rests were designed by a John’s Hopkins’ biomedical engineer to overcome the many shortcomings of existing traditional shoulder rests.

Kun Shoulder Rest

KUN

Their long history of creative innovation, together with quality, comfort, durability and good value, means that Kun shoulder rests are overwhelmingly preferred by players worldwide.

Kun basically established the world market for shoulder rests. Kun’s original prototype pioneered the market and its original shape remains popular today. Together with all of the important features of Kun rests, it provides the ideal in shoulder rest functionality.

Bon Musica Shoulder Rest

BON MUSICA

The Bon Music Shoulder Rest is height, width, and curve adjustable so that the player may obtain a precise fit and be as comfortable as possible. The padded curved base can be easily manipulated to fit the exact contour of the player’s shoulder, holding the instrument in place while promoting hands-free stability for easy shifting and vibrato. The foam padding is highly resistant to wear and is extremely comfortable. Unlike many other shoulder rests, the Bonmusica can easily be used for left-handed players. This popular shoulder rest aids players who suffer from previous injuries or arthritis as it allows the shoulder to remain relaxed while keeping the instrument at the proper height and angle, rather than drooping forward. All Bonmusica shoulder rests are German-designed and German-made.

Play-on-Air Shoulder Rest

PLAY ON AIR

The Play On Air Deluxe Violin Shoulder Rest is one of the most popular models in the market. Complete with an oblong inflatable cushion, each Play On Air Deluxe Violin Shoulder Rest is individually adjustable.

Play On Air has an air cushion which changes pressure and bodily movements while you play, for that super-comfortable feel that all performers need.

Designed for both full sized and 3/4 sized violins.

CASES

Bobelock cases

BOBELOCK OBLONG & HALF MOON VIOLIN CASES

Fractional sizes starting at $102 with full size starting at $191

  • Available in sizes 1/4 to 4/4 and Adjustable Viola
  • Available in a variety of models and colors (exteriors black, interiors vary)
  • Very durable canvas and high quality zipper closures
  • German hardware of clasps and zippers

Each case is equipped with two to four bow holds, string tube, and extra storage space for shoulder rest. Available in wood, fiberglass, or carbon fiber shell (see store for availability).

Sterling Fashion Violin Cases

STERLING FASHION VIOLIN CASES

  • Available in 4/4 Violin ONLY
  • Prices start at $125
  • Available in variety of fabric patterns modeled after fashion designers: Gucci, Fendi, Calvin Klein, etc.
  • All cases include shoulder strap

Each case is equipped with two bow holds and small storage space and include a large outer pocket for music storage Each case has exterior name label square and are fully lined with suspension lining.

maple leaf violin cases

MAPLE LEAF FIBERGLASS VIOLIN CASES

  • Available in oblong and shaped
  • Available in 4/4 Violin, Viola, and Cello
  • Prices start at $219
  • Available in wide variety of colors and patterns (see store for full selection)
  • All cases include shoulder strap
  • Velcro attachment for shoulder rest storage

Each case has two bow holds and a small storage space for rosin. Cases are equipped with a built in hygrometer and have full suspension lining. They are extremely durable and have water resistant seal with spring clasp closures.

 
SKB Violin Case

SKB THERMOPLASTIC SHAPED VIOLIN CASE

  • Thermoplastic Shaped Case
  • Available in sizes 1/8 to 16” Violin. Adjustable Viola for 15″-16.5″
  • Prices start at $124.99
  • Each case has two bow holds and a small storage space for rosin
  • SKB cases have a five year manufacturer warranty
Maple Leaf Cello Cases

FIBERGLASS & CARBON FIBER CELLO CASES

Brands We Carry: Maple Leaf Strings, Eastman, Bobelock, BAM

  • Suspension padding
  • Hydrogemeter
  • Multiple bow holds
  • Storage pocket
  • Backpack straps
  • With or without wheels
  • For 3/4-4/4 sized cellos