String Swing—love!

Grace said: Jun 7, 2011
110 posts

I got this for my daughter’s 1/8 size violin about a month ago, and thought it might be helpful for other Suzuki families. For less than $10, I think this thing is totally worth the price. You can get one for a 3/4 or full-size violin from amazon for $8, but we got the smaller size one from Young Musicians for $9.

It makes practice a lot easier because she can just grab the violin/bow easily. When the violin is in the case, it’s more “out of sight, out of mind”, plus I think mentally it’s more “work” to open the case and put the shoulder rest on/off. This way is just “grab & go”, so she has been playing on her own just for fun a lot more.

You have to drill 2 holes in your wall, but it is super easy to install. Also, it’s a simple but elegant design and multi-functions your violin as beautiful wall art & conversation piece!

I still hesitate to use one for my own (expensive, professional-level) violin because I’m concerned about the exposure to heat/light and I keep my case humidified. But for a student violin, I think it’s a great investment for encouraging daily practice!

Diane said: Jun 7, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

I’ve used this hook for years with my expensive professional level violin! It hangs up and and out of danger but yet I can quickly grab it when I need it for teaching.

One of the familes I taught over the years had 3 of their children take lessons. They purchased all the different sized instruments. When the kids grew out of them the Mom got quite sentimental. Now that all the kids are in full sized instruments, she’s used those hooks to hang up the little violins for sentimental display. Just like you’d hang up family potraits in your home!

Smiles! Diane

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Herbert said: Jun 7, 2011
5 posts

My daughter also keeps her violin and bow out all the time but on a violin stand. I also believe that eliminating that tiny step of having to open the case and placing the shoulder rest on the violin makes getting started on practice much easier. If one spends 90 seconds getting the violin ready, the time saved over the course of a year adds up close to 9 hours!


Kim said: Jun 8, 2011
 39 posts

We have a standing violin holder that was about $25 from amazon for my daughter’s 1/8 and my full size (no wall space here—older home). It does make a huge difference for us to have the out and readily available! :)

This is what we use …

Cynthia Faisst said: Jun 9, 2011
Cynthia Faisst
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Irvine, CA
126 posts

This is a great idea if you live in a place that doesn’t experience earth quakes. Even as a teacher I have admired these hooks but now that I live in CA I’m a little afraid of them.

I’m looking for someone that make a drawer for violins to rest in a foam cradel. I would want it to have a smooth easy roll that could also be latched securely when it was closed.

I want to be able to reach for my violin quickly when I am teaching and tuck it back into a secure place easily in a cabinet behind me.

I haven’t found a violin case that will fit in my cabinets because of the storage pockets added to the end. Or else the lid is to high to keep open which also means that things could fall into the case.

I also like the idea of having a double box surounding the instrument made of hard woods.

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Grace said: Jun 11, 2011
110 posts

The violin-drawer would be a great invention for violin teachers! I live in CA also, so there are the earthquakes… plus I have a 2 year old son so I can just imagine him throwing a ball or something and crashing it into my violin! But for our 1/8 violin, I still think the benefits of easier/more frequent practice and ‘cool-factor’ outweigh the risks since it isn’t an expensive instrument. :)

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