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BEWARE of FAKE EASTMAN instruments !!

We have found some shops in Indonesia are selling violins and bows under Samuel or Andreas Eastman brand with very cheap price. Don’t be tempted to buy these instruments because they may NOT be made by Eastman, and fakes will never feel and play like the original ones.
ALLFOUR STRINGS only sells ORIGINAL Eastman products that has been acknowledged worldwide for it’s high standard of quality and craftmanship.

To protect you from buying counterfeit products, Eastman has come up with a unique Serial Number, specific for every instrument, printed on the label. 

New Eastman instruments made since year 2018 will come with this label:

Serial Number Sample 2

While Eastman instruments made before 2018 will come with this kind of label:

S/N Sample 1

You can register the Serial Number at Eastman String South East Asia Region office by email or text/phone call to Music Essentials Singapore +65 9230 9302 (WhatsApp available)

If you are not sure whether your instrument/bow is an Eastman original, you can contact Allfour Strings by phone or WhatsApp at  +62 896 0881 4898 or e-mail: info@jualbiola.com 

You can also contact Eastman Strings South East Asia Region office at +65 9230 9302  or e-mail: buymusic@musicessentials.com

Thank you for your time and interest on Eastman Products!

 

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Are You Confused To Select a Strings? Let’s Check It Out . . .

Many of us as musicians, violin students, parents of violin students and violin teachers are confused with so many brands and strings that circulate freely in the market. The price is so varied from tens of thousands Rupiah(IDR) per set (contents of 4 strings) to millions Rupiah(IDR) per set. What makes the price so different? What’s a good string? Is it certain that the strings that cost more would be better the sound quality?

 

The answer? Not necessarily. Because each string has its own character and a string can make the sound produced from the same violin can change significantly.

These characteristics can make subtle changes or drastic changes in quality, ease of violin to play, volume and response of the instrument itself. Because in this case, every instrument has its own character. A good strings attached to a violin may not sound good on another violin.

For hundreds of years, all the strings that were used for musical instruments were made from sheep’s intestines. In the 16th century, thicker and lower strings (G strings for violin) were wrapped in aluminum or silver. At the beginning of the 20th century, strings made of metal began to be introduced to the market because the strings with this material tend to be more stable sound accuracy and also its resistance aka not easy to break (E string with gut / sheep sheep easily broken). Then in the mid-20th century the strings made of nylon were introduced. The string made of nylon has many similarities with the string of gut string but the tone is more stable (not easy to fall so it must be yelled repeatedly). The most popular straw today among students is a string made of perlon (a type of nylon).

Gut Core Strings/ Sheep intestine strings

Many European classical musicians still choose to use this type of strings because of their warm voice, full of the complexities of overtone richness. Simply put, when we play the violin with this string, we can hear more than the tone of the instrument itself. 

The disadvantage is this string is very unstable alias very easy to fall and often become fals when played. For at least the first week after being installed, the violin will need frequent tuning. The response is slightly slower than the synthetic core strings. This string is also very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Because of these characteristics, we do not recommend novice violinists to use this type of strings.

Steel core strings

This type of strings are created because of its predecessor characteristics of unstable gut core strings. Steel core string is for beginners because this type of string is very stable and not easy to fall even though this string has just been paired on the violin. The resulting sound is usually simple, clear but slightly thinner than gut core strings. Steel core strings are usually preferred by non -classical players especially for country music players as well as jazz musicians. In terms of price, this type of strings tend to be cheaper than synthetic core strings and gut core strings.

Synthetic Core Strings

Over the last 25 years, many professional musicians have gone from gut strings to synthetic core strings. The most widely used type of synthetic core strings is Perlon, a nylon-like material. This type of string has a character sound similar to gut strings but is more stable and generally responses faster. It does not need frequent yellowing because of the stability of its own strings. It is recommended for violin players who have studied violin for at least 5 years.

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Is It Important To Select A Good Bow ?

The french term for the bow is baguette, which is fitting, since a good bow complements an instrument like a thick slice of fresh bread complements a gourmet meal. People spend so much time trying to find the right violin, viola or cello that they often give short shrift to its better half. So, after you’ve chosen your first good instrument, you should repeat the process for the bow.

It is just as important to look carefully for the bow as it is to find the perfect instrument. Like instruments, no two bows are alike. If 2 people play on the same instrument with the same bow, the bow will sound quite different in each person’s hands. You have to go by how you feel.

Where to Begin?

Look for a bow of moderate strength and flexibility. With very strong bows, you lose a lot in sound quality and nuance. And with one that’s too soft, you lose control. If you’re torn between one that’s light and one that’s a bit heavier, go for the lighter one. You’ll get clearer trebles, more delicacy.

When you’re looking for a bow, there are several characteristics that change how it feels in your hand.

First, The first one is weight. For violin bow the optimal weight is between 60 and 65 grams. For a viola bow,it’s between 70 and 73. A cello bow is about 80 and up.

Second, The second one is the way the bow digs into the strings. You want a bow that will dig in without the wood hitting the string. If you’re digging you can get that nice accented sound. But if the bow isn’t strong enough, the stick will flex so much that the hair is caught between the string and the bow and you don’t have as much control over it. 

The third one is elasticity.
The quality of the wood will determines it’s elasticity.

The last and most critical characteristis is the balance. A lots of cheap bow lack balance and tend to be rather tip-heavy. Typically, the fiberglass or cheap wooden bow has poor balance and is not lively in the hand. A step up from that would be either brazilwood or pernambuco which has really nice balance because it can feel light and really lively

Those are the characteristic that you need to check everytime you’re looking for a bow. The key is that you must be the one playing; the bow will sound compeletely different in someone else’s hands.

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Considering Your First Good Instrument [part2](end)

Setting a budget

If you already know what kind of instrument do you have in mind, then the next thing to decide is how much you need to spend into the instrument. There are four things that go into pricing any instrument: authenticity, quality of craftmanship, condition and sound .

First-time buyers won’t be able to determine authenticity and quality of workmanship, but if you do business with a reputable dealer, you can get a crash course in how to listen and how to look at the condition of an instrument.

How much to spend depends on a lot of things. But as a general rule it’s reasonable to double or triple the value on your first step up from a beginning instrument to a quality instrument.

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Considering Your First Good Instrument [part 1]

An instrument-buying experience can be fairly straightforward and stress-free, but not every beginning to intermediate-level musician has an easy time making that first step up. For many, the process of buying a good stringed instrument is an agonizing one. The key to making a good decision lies in asking the right questions of yourself, of the instrument seller, and of those who are closest to you musically.

Asking the right questions

How do you know when you’re ready to move on to your first good instrument? Usually, an $800 student instrument will hold a player for a few years – whether he or she is a young student or an adult beginner. This is especially true at beginner levels. You’re still learning how to hold the bow. But once you get to a certain level, you start to outgrow your instrument.

For instance, when you are trying to play a passage, it may not be as clear as you think it should be because the instrument doesn’t respond.

When you’re going up in position, again, it’s not doing what you want.

When you hunkered down on your bow arm but it’s not giving you the power that you want, even though you’re doing everything teacher tells you to do.

If this is happening to you, then you know you’re ready for a new instrument.

It’s important to consider your goals as a player before you actually go shopping. You need to consider how your instrument will be used? In a hall? In a church? Are you a young prodigy or an adult amateur playing for your own enjoyment?

Figure all that out first then go into it with an absolutely open mind about sound and response. People get the best instrument when they come in and not saying “I want something old” or “ I really like brown violins” or “I was told to stay away from French instrument”. Instead they come in and say, “I really want to experience every one of these instruments and see what they can do for me.”

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