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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!

Featured Dealer: Gottschalk Music Center, Clovis, CA

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"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.)

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  • 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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We've been selected to be honored at 22nd Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards!

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Things 4 Strings® bow hold accessories, an idea born from two string teachers with over 75 combined years of  teaching experience, achieved manufacture five years ago this month. This feat alone practically qualifies as a miracle!

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These popular accessories are now in use by teachers and students in all 50 United States and over 60 countries. Wow!

The governments of the United States, the European Union and Mexico have awarded our teaching tools eight patents and design registrations, with additional patents pending. Amazing!

In our own state of New Jersey, Things 4 Strings LLC has been selected to be honored this year by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of NJ  and the Annual NJ Family Business of the Year Awards, and was named winner of the 2013 Invention Lives! in West Orange Contest. We are honored!

Our 100,000+ social media following provides a joyous daily reminder that our music education efforts are indeed a string world community project!  

We offer our sincerest Thank You to all teachers who have adopted Things 4 Strings® accessories into their beginning curriculum!

We also send some overdue #shoutouts of immense gratitude to our invaluable core team:


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Featured Dealer: Keller Strings

 

 

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Located  at 8209 Hampson St, New Orleans, Keller Strings offers a premium selection of violins, violas, cellos, bows, and their accessories.

This second generation full-service violin shop, owned and operated by Paula and John Smith,  has recently earned a nomination by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the 2014 SBA awards: Entrepreneurial Success Award and the Family Owned Business Award. They especially enjoy customer service, bows (rehairing and restoration), varnish touchup, restoration, and finding the correct instrument for their customers. 

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"I really enjoy the Bow Hold Buddies because it makes my job easier at the shop. If I am showing a beginner (young or old) how to hold a bow and get a tone right away in less than a minute, this is definitely the product to start them off correctly. So many times we want our new customers to feel that they can do this, and fighting with a bow hold is just frustrating for them. I have sold many of these just by saying "I'm just going to show you how this is supposed to feel so you can do it at home!" We also love the Cellophant because of the weight it adds for young children. It is almost impossible to obtain enough weight in a small person to get the C string to make a sound without the Cellophant
 
Thank you,
 
Paula
Keller Strings"
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