August 09, 2017

SETAUKET LOCATION WILL BE CLOSED Saturday August 12th through Tuesday August 15th

Our LIVS Setauket location will be closed This Saturday, August 12th through Tuesday, August 15th. Our staff from Setauket will be attending the summer NYSSMA conference in Albany during that time. If you have any questions or concerns about anything please direct them to our Huntington location.
July 08, 2017

Instrument Care ›

Preventing Instrument Damage During the Hot Summer Months

As we enter into the hottest months of the year, keep in mind that your instrument reacts to temperature changes just as humans do. Just as you wouldn't leave your dog or your child in a hot car, you should never leave your violin in one either. It is especially bad for an instrument that has been kept in a hot car to be brought directly into a cool air conditioned environment. Like people and animals, instruments are very sensitive to temperature changes. They can adapt to temperature changes over time but going from one extreme temperature to another is stressful for the instrument and can cause damage. 

Heat can soften the varnish on an instrument and extreme humidity can weaken the glue joints and soften the wood causing deformation. Bows can easily bend or snap if they go from a hot car trunk to a cool air conditioned room.

Damage to an instrument can be expensive to repair but is easily avoidable. One way to keep an eye on the humidity level surrounding your instrument is to keep a hygrometer in your case. Hygrometers are especially useful in the winter when dryness and a complete lack of humidity can lead to cracks in an instrument. Overall the best way to prevent damage is to keep your instrument away from extreme hot or cold and if you do need to transport your instrument in a car, make sure you don't put in in the trunk or in direct sunlight.

May 13, 2017

Rental Promotion

Wouldn’t you love to beat the rush for rental instruments next fall and get a bonus too?

Reserve a rental by June 30th, and you’ll get One Month Completely FREE! Simply pay the standard first payment and ask to reserve the instrument. The 3 month period begins when you pick up the instrument and you’ll receive your fourth month absolutely FREE! When the school starts in the fall you are guaranteed the instrument of your choice is waiting for you!

Want to start renting now for summer lessons?
Pay for 3 months up by June 30th and still receive the fourth month FREE! Are you an existing customer? You qualify for the same deal - pay 3 months at your next billing and you will get the 4th month free.

May 11, 2017

Instrument Repair for the String Educator with Master Violin Maker Charles Rufino

Once again this summer, Charles Rufino, will offer his acclaimed course Instrument Repair for the String Educator.. Designed for educators with no experience using tools, students learn how to keep instruments healthy with simple techniques that are learned without extensive training and practice. Many participants have reported that the skills they learned helped them not only to secure teaching positions, but also to save a substantial amount of money for their schools. We believe that this course would greatly benefit string teachers and music education students. The course is held at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island and registration must be done by June 1st. For more information and to register, please visit the link below and click anywhere on the page to open the registration form. We hope to see you there!





March 13, 2017

Grace Music School and the LIVS

Attention Violin / Viola / Cello Students & Parents

Receive one month of music instruction and three months instrument rental COMPLETELY FREE by registering for three months of lessons at Grace Music School! Beginners of all ages welcome.

LI’s premier music establishments, Grace Music School and the LIVS have joined forces to make this amazing offer, which expires March 20th. Call us today! There has never been a opportunity like this to try out music lessons!

Lessons take place at Grace Music School locations in Melville at the Steinway Piano Showroom (Route 110 near the Whitman Mall) and in Northport on Route 25A.
Experience the joy of music.
Call Grace Music School at 631-470-9705 (Melville) / 631-239-6169 (Northport).
March 13, 2017

LIVS at LIU Post String Day

Charles Rufino and the Long Island Violin Shop will be joining the

LIU Post String Professors for LIU POST STRING DAY Saturday, April 8th.

The event will take place from 9am-1pm at the LIU POST, Department of Music, Fine Arts Center. The event will include a full morning of master classes, performances, and workshops.

The LIVS will be there with accessories available for purchase and for assessments of any problems you may be having with your instrument. Bring your instrument to participate in all events!

For registration and additional information please visit: or contact:

November 27, 2015

Gift Cards On Sale Now!

Limitless 10% Off All Gift Cards Now Thru December 12th

  • Order a $500 Gift Card - Pay Only $450
  • Order a $200 Gift Card - Pay Only $180
  • Order a $100 Gift Card - Pay Only $90
  • Order a $50 Gift Card - Pay Only $45

There is no limit to the number of gift cards that you order, or redeem, for any purchase. Interested in upgrading your bow this season? Buy enough gift cards to cover the full price of your purchase, and you'll receive 10% off the total. Want to buy a $5500 cello? Now's the time to save a whopping $550 and bring that price down to $4950. Just order multiple gift cards for the total amount you want to spend.

You can order gift cards for yourself and take advantage of the savings, or buy them as a present for loved ones.

Combine our online gift cards with our extremely low standard shipping rates ($5 in most cases), and you're really saving big. Just enter code LIMITLESS during your online checkout.

This offer expires December 12, 2015 at Midnight.
Visit one of our two retail locations or shop online today!