The Long Island Violin Shop Blog

October 10, 2017


"Sawing Away!"

When we think of bowed instruments we often only think of the obvious ones, the violin, viola, cello and bass. I believe it’s time to shine some light upon one bowed instrument that has been around for centuries but is rarely mentioned. The instrument I’m referring to is the musical saw.  

The concept of the musical saw is brilliant in its simplicity. A carpenter’s saw is a flexible tool that can bend in a wave like motion and vibrate, much like a string on a violin. By bending it or applying pressure at different points along the edge one can lengthen or shorten the amount of the blade that vibrates, thereby creating a broad range of tones or notes. By bending the saw in an S-shaped curve and drawing a bow in perpendicular placement across the bend in the S shape, vibration is produced which in turn produces its sound.

The sound a saw makes is often described and ghostly or otherworldly. The musical saw is commonly referred to as the “singing saw” because it produces a singing sound similar to that of the human voice. The only other instrument that comes close to producing a sound like the saw is its electronic cousin the Theremin. The Theremin is essentially an antenna with an electric field surrounding it. By waving one’s hand around the antenna, a range of tones can be produced. If you’ve watched any old scifi or horror movies, there’s no doubt you’ve heard a Theremin being played.

My name is Christine Suter and I am a violinist and musical saw player. My love affair with the musical saw started about 12 years ago when I was living in Santa Cruz, California.

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"What We're Listening To:" Hector Berlioz, "Symphonie Fantastique"- Mvt. 5 "Dream of a Witches' Sabbath"

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a French composer of the Romantic era. He wrote many of his most popular works during 1830 and 1847. He was most famous for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morte (Requiem) and for his Treatis on Instrumentation.

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"Violin of the Month" - Violin by David Polstein

Our violin of the month is by maker David Polstein who is a contemporary and personal friend of LIVS Director, Charles Rufino. This instrument is an elegant copy of an early del Gesu pattern violin.

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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.

"Violin of the Month" - 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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