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Encore Orchestral Strings Encore Orchestral Strings is a specialty violin shop within Paige's Music in Indianapolis, IN. We s

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It’s our final sale of the year! If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for the advancing musician in your life, our Ho...
12/02/2022

It’s our final sale of the year! If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for the advancing musician in your life, our Holiday Pro Sale is an event you can’t miss!

Join us Friday, December 16th through Saturday, December 17th and save 10% off all in-stock pro and custom level instruments!* We still have a wide selection of brands and models including, but not limited to, Altus, Amadeus, Azumi, Buffet, Bach, Conn, P. Mauriat, Shires, Yamaha, and more! Follow the link below to schedule your appointment today!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be open normal hours (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) on 11/25.
11/24/2022

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be open normal hours (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) on 11/25.

It’s electric! This thing is so electric, you’re going to put on ”Electric Boogie” and BOOGIE WOOGIE!!Looking for the pi...
10/27/2022

It’s electric! This thing is so electric, you’re going to put on ”Electric Boogie” and BOOGIE WOOGIE!!

Looking for the pinnacle of electric uprights? I give you the Yamaha SLB300PRO. Brand new, in stock, and ready for you!

We're beyond excited for another great season of music!
10/10/2022

We're beyond excited for another great season of music!

Huge thanks to our fall concert sponsors Paige's Music and Encore Orchestral Strings.⁠

Join us for the first concert of the 2022-23 season at 5pm on Sunday, October 30 at the Palladium. Tickets are on sale now at https://secure.thecenterpresents.org/11232/11233.

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That’s a wrap on Butler Cello Day 2022!.⁣.⁣.⁣
10/08/2022

That’s a wrap on Butler Cello Day 2022!
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The Jay Haide l’ancienne model viola is based on the historical Brescian maker, Maggini.  The unique sound holes and dou...
09/21/2022

The Jay Haide l’ancienne model viola is based on the historical Brescian maker, Maggini.  The unique sound holes and double purfling, along with the distinctive carving of the scroll pay homage to this maker. This is a 15 ½” model, which is comfortable and playable to musicians who might struggle with a larger instrument.  Although its body length is smaller, the full arching produces a warm and resonant tone. Beautiful to look at, it is even more wonderful to play!⁣
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A personal model Cello by Jack Hu of Snow Violin , this instrument offers exceptional value for the musician who needs a...
09/07/2022

A personal model Cello by Jack Hu of Snow Violin , this instrument offers exceptional value for the musician who needs a focused, penetrating sound to carry over a piano or orchestra. Offering the kind of performance associated with the finest single-maker modern instruments, this is the perfect cello for someone preparing auditions for a collegiate music program. Lightly antiqued varnish and handsome materials create an instrument with classic beauty. This instrument is currently outfitted with Pirastro Perpetual strings. Consider this your invitation to try this instrument out today!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day! We'll be open normal business hours on Tuesday.
09/02/2022

Have a safe and happy Labor Day! We'll be open normal business hours on Tuesday.

Oh boy, it's always a thrill to have a new BAM cello case in inventory! This is the metallic black Newtech with the upda...
08/29/2022

Oh boy, it's always a thrill to have a new BAM cello case in inventory! This is the metallic black Newtech with the updated latches...fast becoming one of my favorite cello cases on the market!

Check out this BEAUTIFUL 16.25” Viola made by Eugene Holtier! We’ll have a playing demo up soon, but this instrument is ...
07/20/2022

Check out this BEAUTIFUL 16.25” Viola made by Eugene Holtier! We’ll have a playing demo up soon, but this instrument is too nice not to share! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, otherwise we hope to see you soon!

07/13/2022
Rigo Reviews: The "PerCaso Model Cello" by Snow Violins

He wave a special treat for you all today! We're looking at the "PerCaso" Cello by Snow Violins and it's just a beautiful instrument to play overall. We've made some slight modifications to how the instrument was originally set up, so shoot us a message to set up a time to try it for yourself!

07/02/2022
Happy 4th of July!

We'll be closed on 7/4 for the holiday, and will resume regular business hours on 7/5. Here's to a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Exciting day!  We were one of the first to order the new Yamaha 300 PRO silent bass and it’s HERE!  I’m still learning a...
05/23/2022

Exciting day! We were one of the first to order the new Yamaha 300 PRO silent bass and it’s HERE! I’m still learning about the new tech Yamaha built into this beauty, but come on by and give it a spin 😊

A few people have asked me, so I wanted to give a quick update on the cello building project. It's going well! Many of m...
04/06/2022

A few people have asked me, so I wanted to give a quick update on the cello building project. It's going well! Many of my friends know that I hit the pause button on the cello for a while and tackled building an electric bass. I have a 75th anniversary Fender precision bass that I tune like a cello and I thought it could be fun to make a bass from scratch that was inspired by that Fender. Now that I'm done with that, I'm returning to the cello where I left off. I had the c-bout ribs bent and glued. I glued some cork to my clamping cauls and "final final" bent the ribs against the blocks and clamped them tight. This "finishes" the fit of the rib to the block. Now I'm carving the outside of the blocks (photo) in preparation for bending and gluing the upper and lower bout ribs. Next I'll fit and glue the linings, then the rib structure will be essentially complete! That will be an exciting moment for me, because then I'll be able to trace the rib structure outline on the joined top and back plates. I'll cut those shapes out and things will really start looking looking a cello!

03/23/2022

Taking a break from going around the shop, I’d like to talk about some cellists who I would consider my “cello heroes.”

Steven Isserlis - his playing has captivated me since I first started playing cello. His use of gut strings on his Stradivarius gives a unique sound no one can match! His recording of Schumman’s works for cello are especially beautiful. I’ve taken some nuggets of wisdom from his approach to playing: let the music guide you as you play, don’t try and force any of your own ideas!

Gautier Capucon - I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Capucon perform the Saint-Saens concert with the Chicago Symphony a few years ago. He plays with a deep, rich sound that projected all the way to me in the back of the hall! His recording of the Dvorak cello concerto is one of my favorites, as well as his recording of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Pablo Ferrandez - He has a unique style with a very physical and intense playing technique. He has a series of videos on YouTube about cello technique that I have found very helpful in my college practicing. He also posted a video where he compared 3 different Stradivarius cellos. That would be a dream-come-true for any cellist!

Truls Mork - He has a mastery of the instrument unlike any other cellist alive today. He can play the most technical passes with ease which allows to play pieces like the Dvorak concerto with a full expression. His Montagnana cello has a unique, reedy sound that I love.

03/15/2022

Cello heroes!

This week we take a break from describing the differences between various items in the shop and focus instead on musicians who inspire us. Here are a few of my cello heroes from when I was a young cellist:

Yo-Yo Ma – my formative years studying the cello were in the 1990’s, and those were some of Yo-Yo’s most prolific recording years. I saw him perform live several times in those years as well, along with being in the audience for masterclasses he taught. His tone on his Montagnana cello is still my personal benchmark for romantic playing.

Mstislav Rostropovich – while he was winding down his performing career in the late 1990’s, his legacy of recordings and his championing of modern music were hugely influential. A highlight of my musical life was hearing him perform the first Shostakovich cello concerto live with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Janos Starker – while one of the finest cellists of any age, his greatest contribution is likely his education and training of generations of cellists. Watching him teach masterclasses was a thrilling experience, even if the cello student playing was often terrified!

Anner Bylsma – baroque performance practice felt like even more of a niche when I was a young cellist than it does now, but hearing Anner perform Haydn with Tafelmusik forever impacted the way I think about performing music from different eras.

Truls Mork – his technical mastery of the instrument being in total service to the music set standards in my mind of how the giants of the repertoire should be played – Dvorak, Elgar, etc.

Bows, bows, and more bows! https://encoreorchestral.com/the-differences-between-bows/
02/28/2022
The differences between bows | Encore Orchestral Strings - Indianapolis, Indiana - encoreorchestral.com

Bows, bows, and more bows!

https://encoreorchestral.com/the-differences-between-bows/

The differences between bows by John Rihani | Feb 28, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments This week’s discussion of the differences between bows will feel like a bit of a repeat of last weeks’ discussion of instruments. In the end, workmanship and material quality are two of the biggest differenti...

Now that I am settled in to my new position and John has reintroduced himself, I thought it would be a good time to intr...
02/14/2022

Now that I am settled in to my new position and John has reintroduced himself, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself. My name is Rigo Barrozo and I am the new specialist at Encore Orchestra Strings. I began my journey with Paige’s in June of 2019 as an intern in order to complete my Music Business degree at Indiana State University. I was then hired as a retail sales associate, and in September of 2021, was given the opportunity to work in Encore.

In telling you who I am, you will probably notice John and I have some things in common!

First and foremost, I’m a Christian. My faith is at the center of my identify and my hope is that it informs all aspects of my life. I enjoy reading theology and talking about it with others.

I’m a husband and father (that still sounds crazy to say!). My wife Melanie and I were blessed with our first child, Amelia Ruth, on April 2021.

I’m a cellist. I remember seeing an orchestra on TV, and I pointed to the cello saying, ”I want to play that!” I started in 6th grade orchestra like so many do, and I feel in love with it. My interest was further kindled after starting private lessons in high school. Upon deciding engineering school wasn’t for me, I decided to pursue music as a career. At the time, it seemed like a huge leap of faith and I feel very fortunate to have landed in such a great company like Paige’s.

I’m a cyclist/amateur bike mechanic. I mainly mountain bike. As a kid, I tried to ride my bike over the most dangerous stuff I could find, which my parents absolutely loved. I’m currently working on building my first bike from the frame up. I am more than happy to help anyone with bike-related issues! On summer weekends, you can usually find me riding at Brown County State Park.

When I’m not cycling, I enjoy trail running. I ran for the track and cross country team at Portage High School, have a couple half-marathons under my belt, and I hope to run marathon at some point in my life.

Other enthusiasms include "The Three Amigos" and a variety of musical tastes such as most types of heavy metal, Russian 20th century classical music, Bach, Byzantine chant, Anglican hymns, pop music from the early 2000’s, grunge, etc. I also enjoy single-origin coffee and finding the perfect grind/water temperature/moon phase that will make the best cup of coffee.

As we begin the second month of 2022 and look out at the horizon – hopefully at a post-pandemic world – we decided it wo...
02/08/2022

As we begin the second month of 2022 and look out at the horizon – hopefully at a post-pandemic world – we decided it would be a good idea to reintroduce the members of our team. My name is John Rihani and I am the manager of Encore Orchestral Strings. Paige’s Music hired me in the spring of 2006 to be an orchestral strings specialist. This was the same year Chops Percussion launched with the Indy Flute Shop to follow.

So, who am I?

I’m a Christian. My faith is at the center of who I am. If those who know me were to describe how my faith influences my life and how I live it, I hope they would quote John 13:35 and say they know I am a Christian because of my love for my fellow humans.

I’m a husband and father. My family is incredibly important to me and I do everything in my power to maintain a work/life balance that allows me to invest in their lives. My wife and daughters bring me immense joy! If you visit me at the shop you’ll see their pictures all over my office.

I’m a cellist. I love the cello. My undergraduate degree from Butler University is in cello performance. I still actively play and you can often find me in our basement practicing my beloved Bach cello suites.

I’m an audiophile. I love recorded music and enjoy listening to it at the highest possible quality level. Streaming services render my collection of music on CDs and LPs nearly obsolete, but I enjoy remaining a bit of a dinosaur…

I’m a billiards aficionado. A nine-foot Brunswick Gold Crown pool table from the 1960s lives in my basement and I love to play pool every chance I can. I also love playing the other billiards games that either have gone out of fashion or enjoy popularity in other countries – 3-cushion billiards, snooker, one pocket, straight pool, etc.

I’m an amateur instrument builder. Since I was a teenager, instrument building of all types fascinated me. My original intention after high school was to attend the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City and become a professional violin maker. While I ended up pursuing cello performance after high school, the dream of building a cello never died. Thanks to having an excellent maker on staff here at Encore (Ben Parrott), I am now making my first cello. I also tackled building an electric bass, which has been fun in its own way!

I’m a hugger. Everyone who knows me knows I love a good hug. While the past two years required me to stay socially distanced, I’m eagerly anticipating the day when a hug returns as a socially acceptable greeting.

I love to read. I think we can wrap it up with this one. When I was in middle school, I read a newspaper article about how a local student bet his parents $500 that he could not watch TV of any kind for a year. I thought to myself, “that sounds like an easy way to make $500!” My parents took me up on the bet and that year amplified my already strong love of reading. I was so gripped by the desire to read that I would set my alarm an hour early throughout high school so that I could read for an hour before I left for school.

I also love pickup trucks, diesel engines, Thai food, pancakes with extra butter, “The Three Amigos”, winter coats even though I rarely wear one, coffee every morning, dad jokes, crisp fall mornings, MCM architecture, and any song ever written featuring vocals by Chris Cornell.

Wow, wow, wow!!!  A 1929 Ernst Heinrich Roth violin in unbelievable condition is available for trial at the shop.  Ben j...
01/26/2022

Wow, wow, wow!!! A 1929 Ernst Heinrich Roth violin in unbelievable condition is available for trial at the shop. Ben just finished a fresh setup on it and it looks and sounds amazing!

Check out this great opportunity for your students participating in ISSMA events!https://bit.ly/paiges-test-drive-solo
01/03/2022
Paige's Music

Check out this great opportunity for your students participating in ISSMA events!

https://bit.ly/paiges-test-drive-solo

Since 1871, Paige's Music Company has been committed to supporting band and orchestral school music programs across the state of Indiana. Today the company is the premier place to rent or buy a band or orchestra instrument for your student, as well as the premier place to get your instrument repaire...

It is my sincere pleasure to introduce our new Encore colleague, Rigo Barrozo!  Rigo has been part of the Paige's Music ...
09/14/2021

It is my sincere pleasure to introduce our new Encore colleague, Rigo Barrozo! Rigo has been part of the Paige's Music team for a while now and I am thrilled he agreed to join me as a Specialist in Encore. He is a cellist and studied with Dr. Kurt Fowler at ISU.

Please be sure to say hello to Rigo next time you are at the store!

BAM La Defense Hightech Slim violin case...so pretty!  We got a great deal on this one and we're happy to pass it along ...
08/10/2021

BAM La Defense Hightech Slim violin case...so pretty! We got a great deal on this one and we're happy to pass it along to you for a similar discount. Who needs a violin case?

07/28/2021

Our very own Rigo Barrozo shares his long-term experiences with the new Il Cannone set of cello strings from Larsen:

The Il Cannones are Larsen’s newest iteration of exceptional cello strings. Unique from the standard and Magnacore strings is an offering of two variants: “warm and broad” and “direct and focused” sets designed to work well together in any combination. This opens up a world of possibilities for the cellist that has never been offered before. Exciting times! Notable cellists currently performing on the Il Cannones are Jang Wang, Narek Hakhnazaryan, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Larsen was kind enough to send us a set of the direct and focused strings to try and I have had the strings on my cello for almost a year.

These strings needed very little play-in time and were very quick to tune. My initial thoughts were that they had a very quick response, a very solid core sound, and seamless transitions between strings. Tone colors and dynamic contrasts are very easy to control. They feel solid under the left hand but pliable at the same time.

C-string: the response is very quick and it is very easy to achieve clarity in fast passages. The winding is of superb quality and feels smooth under the left hand. They lack the gravelly sound sometimes found in Spirocores and have a good depth and core.

G-string: again, these lack the gravelly sound often found in tungsten-wound strings. They have a great depth and clarity to the sound and respond well to playing in the upper register.

D-string: one issue with many string sets is the transition from the G to D strings. The Il Cannones do a great job at making these transitions seamless. The D string has a powerful, deep sound and responds very well to soloist playing – it doesn’t crack under pressure! It lacks the dull, unfocused sound found on some D-strings.

A-string: this string has a focused and noble sound without sticking out like a sore thumb. It responds very well in the high register and has a wide tonal palette. These would be appropriate for a soloist needing a string that cuts through the texture while offering a good amount of complexity. They are not the most powerful strings out there, but are able to achieve a big sound.
Final thoughts: these string are exceptionally good and were a wonderful fit for my cello. The overall quality is nothing less than what you would expect from Larsen – the wax sealed packaging, beautiful silk at the tailpiece, and colored ball ends make you feel like you are getting a great product, which you are! I give these a 5/5!

We stock a limited number of Wiedoeft cello and bass rosins.  We have four of each at the moment, so tell your friends!W...
05/18/2021

We stock a limited number of Wiedoeft cello and bass rosins. We have four of each at the moment, so tell your friends!

We'll restock as they are purchased, but there could be moments we don't have one or the other in stock. You're always free to contact us to put one on hold or have us ship it to you!

This Ben Parrott cello we sold in 2016 came in for some TLC.  I can’t express how much I love these signs of how much it...
05/07/2021

This Ben Parrott cello we sold in 2016 came in for some TLC. I can’t express how much I love these signs of how much it’s been played! Both these areas had been lightly antiqued...and years, and notes, and sweat, and music has done the rest ❤️

There are so many good strings on the market with new options coming out all the time.  Do you have questions or want to...
04/15/2021

There are so many good strings on the market with new options coming out all the time. Do you have questions or want to chat about what might work best for you and your instrument? We are here for you!

Our new Paige’s logo on our new sign above our new landscaping...it feels like spring!
04/15/2021

Our new Paige’s logo on our new sign above our new landscaping...it feels like spring!

Some wonderful willow for your Wednesday!
04/14/2021

Some wonderful willow for your Wednesday!

Dominant PRO now in stock!
03/20/2021

Dominant PRO now in stock!

We're back open today with our normal hours, 10a - 6p.  Please be careful as you travel.
02/17/2021

We're back open today with our normal hours, 10a - 6p. Please be careful as you travel.

We will be closed today, Tuesday, February 16th due to inclement weather.  We expect to be back open tomorrow.
02/16/2021

We will be closed today, Tuesday, February 16th due to inclement weather. We expect to be back open tomorrow.

01/26/2021

I’m sorry (not sorry) for the Christmas tune, but I love the sound of this bass Ben just finished setting up!

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Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
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Paige's Music is closed today due to inclement weather. We hope to open back up again tomorrow. Please watch our social media pages for updates. Stay safe and keep those instruments warm by practicing! This includes Chops Percussion Encore Orchestral Strings and Indy Flute Shop
Thank you so much to Encore Orchestral Strings for their donation of rosin and strings to our Fall Concert and Silent Auction on Sunday, November 17! Bid on these and other great items, and join us for our concert in Sursa Hall at 3:00.
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