Suggestions for 2019 Gift Guide
Greetings all! It's time of the year, and I'm taking suggestions to include in the 2019 Violinist.com Gift Guide. What wonderful new violin-related accessory, book, recording, sheet music or other product have you discovered this year, that you would recommend giving (or receiving!) as a gift? And if you have created something that you'd like us to consider, I give you permission to toot your own horn (pluck your own string?) in this thread! Be sure to include a link for where to purchase it, if you have that.
Thanks for your suggestions, I plan to post it on Black Friday!
A year's subscription to "The STRAD" or "STRINGS" magazine is likely to be appreciated by any string player who does not already subscribe.
A Lotus Light stand light for the generous gift giver (they're expensive but so worth it).
A fifth of B&B for those days when practicing, lesson, rehearsal, or performance goes poorly.
Yes-- Lotus rules. Actually, the Aria lights are maybe even a hair better. But they are harder to lug around.
I prefer the Aria lights for my music room, but the Lotus wins hands down for portability. I am short so the Aria's light shield obstructs line of sight even when a standard Manhasset is at its minimum height, which annoys chamber music partners. But in some circumstances the Lotus lack of a shield can bother others unless the light is very carefully and non-optimally positioned.
I've been gifted lovely CD boxed sets (Naxos, DG), LP's (Heifetz, Ostraikh, etc.), a wire pencil holder (the spring style one that attaches to the stand), Blackwing pencils (I prefer a different brand), and microfiber cleaning cloths.
I was just going to mention Blackwings! :-)
Where do you get the Blackwings and magnetic holder? Just Amazon? Are these the right ones? https://amzn.to/2XBtKqz My stand partner at my last gig had that set-up and it was really nice.
I have to put my vote in for any of the 3-D printed mutes from Wiessmeyer & Son https://www.viowiess.com/. I have tried almost all of them and really like the sound they produce.
Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Naxos have new Beethoven Edition boxed-sets out in celebration of Beethoven 2020.
Micro Tuner by D'Addario, Korg KDM-3 Digital Metronome, Boveda humidity control packs, and don’t forget Rosins, can’t have too many of those!
Blackwings from Shar, complete with all accessories:
I know this is obvious and boring but I probably would have the most use out of a new set of strings over anything else lol.
I think the Micro Tuner is a great idea. I find I can use them in ensemble to tune while playing of others is going on and experience no acoustic interference. These tuners respond vibrations through contact not through the air.
If you give someone a mute they might think "What, are you trying to tell me somethin?" (Just kidding, that would be a nice gift.)
It's hard to buy strings for someone because they're so personal to the player.
I asked my mother in law for a luxitune fine tuner for Christmas. They are gorgeous! https://luxitune.com/
The WMutes make for a nice "not likely to buy for yourself" luxury mute.
Soundbrenner Core keeps showing up on Instagram feed.looks cool, but they seem to have trouble shipping product.......
A couple of book ideas:
Fiddlershop Premium Rosin. Surprisingly, I like it. It produces a focused tone on my violin. It's a dark rosin that produces very low dust.
Andrea Rosin, high fidelity earplugs, practice mute, Lotus stand light and may I selfishly suggest:
Books, you say? Then I recommend Duke Ellington's memoir, "Music is My Mistress." Artur Rubinstein's memoir is good too, but it's huge. So what if they weren't violinists.
These are very helpful, thank you everyone!
Those practizma books look pretty cool. Any sense for how teachers respond to them?