After exploring all spectrums of the music world, I’ve discovered some cool gadgets that have made keeping up the condition of my instrument and daily practice more interesting. These are all designed to make your life as a student easier and give you something to look forward to in the mail during the week.

1. The String Cleaner

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Product Description: “The String Cleaner is the ultimate string and fingerboard cleaning tool. It removes rosin quickly and easily, cleans and buffs the fingerboard, and extends the life and tone of your strings. Its microfiber pads are easily cleanable with soap and water and require no solution.”

While cleaning cloths can be very useful in keeping your strings rosin-free, they don’t reach the residue that this gadget does. And you know that squeaky noise everyone in the room cringes at when you clean your violin? Yeah, that does not happen with the String Cleaner. You clasp it onto the strings and in one swift motion, they are like brand new. The material on the product never gets sticky from the rosin and gets rid of any oils left on the strings from your fingers. Lastly, your strings are guaranteed to last longer with the upkeep of this product.

Where you can purchase it:

https://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Cleaner-Polish-Cloths/The-String-Cleaner-for-Violin-and-Viola.axdhttps://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Cleaner-Polish-Cloths/The-String-Cleaner-for-Violin-and-Viola.axd

http://thestringcleaner.com

https://www.amazon.com/String-Cleaner-Violin-Viola/dp/B01M4NN3BF

2. Bow Right

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Product Description: “Bow-Right is the perfect tool for developing a sound violin bow technique. Stainless steel guides encourage straight bowing and correct wrist action.”

Looking in the mirror to check the accuracy of your bow and whether it’s straight is one way to get rid of the bad habit. However, especially with beginners, using this gadget will cut the time in half trying to get your bow straight. They have a product for all violin sizes and its reviews on all websites are positive. Teachers often recommend this device for young students and beginners. Using this product during daily practice will help get your bow perfectly aligned with the bridge in a matter of weeks. Because they continuously grow, students often need to fix their bow arm to make up for the longer length and this device makes it easier.

Where you can purchase it:

https://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Teaching-Aids/Bow-Right-fits-3-4—4-4-size.axd

https://www.amazon.com/Bow-Right-Violin-Teaching-Training-Accessory/dp/B0002M6TX8

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/orchestral-strings/bow-right-for-violin/472069000903000

3. Chin Cozy

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Product Description: “Chamois-like material with a removable, thin foam lining; hooks onto chin-rest and secures under the violin with a rubber band.”

Does your neck ever get infected from playing the violin frequently? Do you hate walking around with a “hickey” and getting looks? Well, this product will save your neck. The reason why students often get wounds on their neck is they may be allergic to the wood on their chin rest. Their skin becomes irritated from the rough wood and because they simply continuing practicing, it becomes a wound. Instead of constantly placing a cloth on your chin rest, the Chin Cozy can be secured onto your violin and has much softer fabric. Treat your neck wound and wear this product to get rid of that “hickey”.

Where you can purchase it:

https://www.johnsonstring.com/cgi-bin/music/scripts/violin-viola-cello-music.cgi?itemno=ACVVCOZYL_B

https://www.amazon.com/Chin-Cozy-Chinrest-Cover-Violin/dp/B000BUN7GI/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_267_tr_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GYH5FEG4XS367ZA2WRYF

http://www.themusicianauthority.com/inventory/5615247/

4. Nomad Tool

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Product Description: “This tool quickly cleans dust, grime, and fingerprints on the instrument’s body and hard to reach areas like the fingerboard to ensure the varnish lasts longer. Turn it around to use the super soft, natural fibers to safely clean dust build-up on the body, bridge, pickups, saddles, tuners, and headstock.”

Sweat and tears often make the violin and its body look dull and matte. This tool helps prevent the varnish from being worn down by residue from practicing. It is also excellent for cleaning areas like the wood under the chin rest and the box near the scroll from getting too dusty. To get your instrument re-varnished is often a hassle and very expensive. Consistently utilizing this tool after every practice session and putting more effort into upkeep of your instrument will prevent having to make a stop at the violin shop.

Where you can purchase it:

https://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Cleaner-Polish-Cloths/The-Nomad-Tool.axd

https://www.amazon.com/Music-Nomad-MN205-Hardware-Cleaning/dp/B008FDSWJ0

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/music-nomad-all-in-1-string-surface-and-hardware-cleaning-tool

5. Adjustable Violin Stand

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Product Description: “A strong aluminum violin stand with adjustable arms to accommodate most size violins and even viola. An adjustable neck height and bow hanger ensure the instrument is properly secured. The stand can be collapsed to easily be tucked away into the included carry bag.”

Hanging your violin from your stand and it dropping, placing your instrument on the couch and you sitting on it, putting your violin on the floor and tripping over it; it’s something we all get afraid of and one little accident means catastrophe. This contraption will rid you of all your worries because you can finally have a safe place to put your instrument. Instead of placing your instrument in its case between brakes, you can rest it on this stand and prevent any mishaps.

Where you can purchase it:

https://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Instrument-Stands/Peak-Violin-Stand.axd

https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Music-Stands-ST-22-Adjustable/dp/B00KBCORTM

http://www.peakmusicstands.com/peakproducts/st-22-violin-stand

6. Protective C-Clip

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Product Description: “Protective Bowing C-Clip for Full-Size Violin protects violin against gouges, scratches, and nicks from the bow, especially during the learning process. Easy to put on and take off the violin. Soft, lightweight urethane is safe around delicate wood. Fits most full-sized violins.”

When playing aggressive contemporary or harsh romantic pieces, the bow often hits the side of the violin because we have to play with so much speed and pressure. Rosin begins to affect the varnish and the chips on the wood caused by playing multiplies. As the violin becomes more damaged, its value decreases. This product is an excellent tool for keeping your violin in tip-top condition, no matter how harsh you have to play. Its material is a soft rubber that does not damage the violin and lasts for years to come.

Where you can purchase it:

https://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Misc/C-Clip-Protector—Violin.axd

https://www.amazon.com/Protective-Bowing-C-Clip-Full-Size-Violin/dp/B0011F4JE6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504043861&sr=8-3&keywords=protective+c+clip

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/orchestral-strings/c-clip-c-clip-violin-protector

2 thoughts on “6 Cool Violin Products

  1. Leatherwood rosin is another great product. It’s a very high quality, eco-friendly Australian rosin. They also have a “bespoke” rosin blend which is custom made for the player. You tell them what kind of sound your looking for, the tone of your violin, the strings you use, etc. and they will blend a rosin based on what you tell them. It’s expensive, but all the reviews have been extremely positive. I’ve ordered some myself and it should be arriving soon (takes between 1-2 weeks because of overseas shipping). I’ll try to post again with a review after I try it out.

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    1. So I got the rosin a couple of days ago and got my bow rehaired today and I can actually hear a somewhat substantial difference in tone quality. I have hardly stopped playing since I put the new rosin on my rehaired bow. Overall, I would highly recommend getting Leatherwood rosin for anyone who is in need of a new rosin or searching for a better rosin.

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