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Things 4 Strings® premium, patented string teaching tools (for violin, viola, cello, and French-style bow bass) are widely endorsed by top soloists, professionals, teachers, and students - and, sometimes, in the news!

Attention ASTA Members: ASTA CAP Webinar is TONIGHT!



ASTACAP Webinar is occurring TONIGHT, September 21 from 8 to 9 p.m. EDT. If you haven’t registered for it already, please take a minute to do so now (invite link and meeting information may be found below).


During the webinar, Steve Benham, ASTA president, will review some of the changes occurring within the program, including some of the more discussed issues. There will be a brief Q & A session at the end of the webinar, after Steve finishes a PowerPoint presentation.


It is suggested to join the meeting 5-10 minutes before it begins, as we’ll start promptly at 8 p.m.



You may register for the event using the invite below, or use the following meeting information to join:


Meeting Number: 1031166


Join Online Meeting:


To join from a phone:

Toll: +12014794595


To have computer audio + video in your meeting, please download Fuze.


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Featured Dealer: The Long Island Violin Shop

Located at 8 Elm Street in Huntington, Long Island, and now with a brand-new location in East Setauket near Stony Brook University, The Long Island Violin Shop is a premier full-service shop for violins, violas, cellos, basses, and their bows.

We sell, rent, and repair instruments and bows for players of all ages, ability, and budgets. Our other services include lessons, school workshops, appraisals, and consignments.

As a family-owned store, we pride ourselves on our customer service, wide selection, and above all, our love and knowledge of instruments, bows, and musicians.


"We love the Cellophant because it gets our young customers excited about
the experience of producing their own sound. They are always delighted by
its shape, colors, and texture, and we recommend it all the time!" 

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"Better Skills, Greater Joy"

An email inquiry received this week, from a parent looking for lessons for her daughter, has served as a succinct reminder of why we work so hard to get our accessories, literally, into the hands of beginning players.

We have highlighted the portion that struck such a chord with us:


We pledge to continue our work spreading great, easy bow holds,

and our message of "Better Skills, Greater Joy!"

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Featured Dealer: Gottschalk Music Center, Clovis, CA



"As a family run business, Gottschalk Music Center is proud to have served Central Valley musicians for over 77 years. Our string shop is located in the heart of "Old Town" Clovis California.  The store is rapidly expanding the bowed string section, and has facilitated the need for a few minor remodels to squeeze a couple extra square feet out of our space.

In addition to the very large rent-to-own fleet we supply for local students, we stock a wide range of instruments for those looking to purchase. We stock new and vintage instruments, with a very wide range of brands and features for the string musician. We carry everything from beginner outfits for first time players, to upper end instruments to satisfy Adult Amatuer and Collegiate musicians, and have strong connections with Luthiers who can satisfy the needs of Professional musicians.  In addition to these instruments we keep a comprehensive supply of quality bows and supplies. 
Our in-house string repairman has been repairing bowed string instruments for 15 years, and we offer swift turnaround on all types of repairs. He services and maintains a number of school owned fleets, as well as our stock rentals and all customer repairs that come through the door. 
We invite anyone looking for a quality bowed string instrument to come see us in action!"
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Announcing: “Slimmer” Frogs!

We’ve Listened…

Included in the wealth of positive response to our revolutionary and innovative product line has been some teacher requests for a slimmer, and even sturdier product.

We have now moved to a Version 2.0 mold for our Frog Frog™ index finger/thumb shaper (of the popular 2-piece Bow Hold Buddies® set.)




  • New! Up to 3 mm less material between index and middle fingers
  • New! Stronger leg
  • Still Firmly encourages correct thumb placement
  • Still Made in the USA
  • Still Manufactured of the finest medical grade silicone rubber
  • Still Great for all hand sizes, age 3 – adult


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