The Long Island Violin Shop Blog

September 15, 2017


Employment Opportunities at the LIVS!

Violin/Bow Technician in Huntington: 

This position requires experience in using tools, we are willing to train candidates, but some experience in using and sharpening hand tools is necessary.  

The position will entail setup and repair work, assisting in making new instruments, and bow repairs and rehairs. Facility in playing a bowed instrument useful but not necessary.

Successful candidates will be responsible self-starters, comfortable dealing with customers and working as part of a team.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send your resume to You will be contacted by email to schedule an interview.Part Time Sales in Huntington/East Setauket:

Part Time Sales in Huntington/East Setauket:

We are looking for energetic individuals to join our team. The position will focus on sales and customer service, but there will be a variety of tasks throughout the year including off-site visits, outbound calls, stocking/pricing/inventory, etc.

Must have a car.

Please send your resume to You will be contacted by email to schedule an interview.

September 08, 2017


Violin By Robert Dolling

This violin made by Robert Dolling, circa 1920s, is a prime example of a classic Markneukirchen violin.

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Niccolò Paganini "Cantabile for Violin and Guitar"

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He has been celebrated as the best violin virtuoso of his time, and heavily influenced modern violin technique. He is most commonly known for his 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.

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September 01, 2017


Instrument Care ›

Knowing When it's Time to Rehair Your Bow

Knowing When it's Time to Rehair Your BowOne of the most common questions we get at the shop is “How do I know when it’s time to rehair my bow?” There are a couple of different indications that it’s time to get a rehair depending on what you notice happening with your bow.

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August 29, 2017

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Paying Tribute to John Connolly Jr., Founder of Connolly Music Company

It is my sad duty to report the passing of our good friend John Connolly Jr. this past weekend. Although the average string player may not have known his name, we all owe Mr. Connolly a debt of gratitude. He was a man whose strategic vision, ingenuity, business acumen, and commitment to excellence changed the world of bowed strings.  And he was not above being kind and helpful to me when I opened my shop in 1983.

He founded the Connolly Music Company in 1969 and soon after approached the Thomastik-Infeld company about distributing their products in the U.S.  They had just developed the world’s first synthetic-core string called Dominant.

This little, upstart brand received mixed reviews when first introduced and John Connolly took a significant risk in backing this revolutionary change.  He convinced two young Juilliard graduates to endorse the Dominant string, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman.  A few years ago Mr. Perlman told me "When I found the A string wouldn't squeak in the Tschaikovsky Concerto, I was sold."  

You can see John Connolly remembering the early days in this interview:

Connolly Music, now owned by John's son Jake, is one of the last music companies left on Long Island, which once hosted many instrument importers and distributors.  We are grateful for their continued commitment to our local community and the world of strings. 

Rest in peace, and rise in glory, John Connolly.



What Are Bow Bugs and How Can I Get Rid of Them?

It's possible you have encountered bow bugs before without knowing it. The most obvious sign of a bow bug infestation is if you have a bow that seems to have lost a bunch of its hair all at once or the hair is falling off in clumps. That's because the bow bugs have been happily munching away at it. You might even see some of the hair sticking out of the case.

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"What We're Listening To" Claude Debussy, Cello Sonata

Claude Debussy was born in France in 1862. He began piano lessons at the age of seven. His talents were evident early on, and began studies at the Paris Conservatoire when he was only ten years old. There he studied composition, music history, music theory, harmony, piano, organ, and solfege for eleven years.

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