Jim Clinton Violins Greenville, SC


A new work by celebrated composer Dan Forrest, Requiem For the Living,

will be performed by the BJU Chorale and the University’s chamber strings,

under the direction of Dr. Warren Cook.


The concert will be held in the War Memorial Chapel on the campus of

Bob Jones University and will begin at 8PM on April 25, 2014.



Free tickets are available in the Music Library of the Gustafson Fine Arts Center,

located near the Chapel venue.


According to the composer’s website, Dan Forrest has been “premiered in major venues

around the world, ranging from the World Choral Symposium (Argentina) to Izumi Hall

(Osaka, Japan) to Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and

ACDA conventions. His music has been broadcast multiple times on American Public Media’s

Performance Today.”  The work by Forrest to be featured on the concert,

Requiem for the Living,  is “scheduled for dozens of upcoming performances across the US

and abroad, including multiple performances in Carnegie Hall.”


For more information, please contact the BJU Music Library during business hours at


Are You Being Served?


Have you ever felt like the sales pitch at the store was more beneficial to their bottom line than to serving your interests? Here are a few ways to determine whether or not you are being served. Be sure to read the last item. A phone call removes the impressive store facade from your conversation and quickly gets you to the heart of a store’s attitude toward helping you. 


Questions & Listening

If the salesperson goes into the “pitch” informing you of all the features and prices and asks minimal questions,  you may not be experiencing good service. The more interest a salesperson takes in your story and listens to you, the better your future with that company. Some sales clerk questions may be qualifying you but many questions asked of you indicates interest and effort in finding the best recommendation for you. 


Time & Space

Along with listening comes the good service habit of allowing you time and space. Hurrying you along with the sale because another call may come in or because the next person is waiting is not only rude but leaves you uninformed, under served, and merely another number at this store. A good sales consultant will often create opportunity to step out of the room to give you and your musician or spouse a chance to discuss the information privately before making a decision.


Explain that again, please

A patient consultant willingly repeats important information, even voluntarily. 


Good news, Bad news

Every contract has a requirement for each side to fulfill. If your representative tells you only the wow of their presentation, you will get the bad news later after you have signed the contract. By the way, a contract that doesn’t cover the good and bad news doesn’t tell you what is coming. 


Comments about a competitor

Competitors negative opinions of each other are biased opinions at best. 


Today only, Now

Pressure to make a purchase now minimizes your power in the decision process. Sometimes you may miss a good deal, but try to obtain information in advance of that pressure situation, should it occur. Every sale has to end some time, so be informed before the sale. Make a call and visit the website. Waiting till the last day for class forces you to make a pressure decision.


Information empowers 

Ask lots of questions. You will make a better decision if you know what your options are. 


Plus and Minus

Asking the clerk to explain the plus and minus of a particular selected item vs the plus and minus of another selection will help you choose a more personalized product than what you were seeking when walking into the store. Read “Why JCV?”.


Big Store or Local Shop

Big impressions are often smoke in mirrors when it comes to good products and personalized service. Shop around and find a local, small business that wants and needs your business. You can tell when a shop will try harder to serve you, even if they don’t seem to be the biggest, lowest priced guys around. 


Limited options

“This is our model to rent. This is our upgrade model. Any questions?” If that is what you get, there is not much for your child to grow into should he/she succeed. You do wish for your child to succeed. Lots of options here….


Contradictory claims

“We have high quality instruments and the lowest prices.” Discernment is necessary to understand that two different instruments may be discussed here or that this claim is simply too good to be true.


Inconsiderate behavior

Shop with people you like. Enough said. 


Call before you visit

Telephone manners and conversational courtesy informs you about a company and its culture. Before you walk into an impressively decorated and fully stocked store, you will have the advantage of knowing the people of this business before seeing their well planned facility presentation. Remember, you will be doing business with this company in the future, not just today. Once in the store, you are not obligated to stay and begin a long-term business relationship if you are not being treated fairly on the first day. Contact Jim Clinton Violins….see if they pass the test.

From now until September 30, 2013, Jim Clinton Violins is offering several back-to-school specials. Print off the special coupons below.

For Instrument Outright Purchases:

  • $100 off any new instrument purchased outright.
  • Add-on upgrades receive 10% discount.

Violin Coupon

$10 Off Any Other Purchasemusic coupon

A reoccurring nightmare for teachers and repair persons is the bright-eyed student who comes in the door with their new acquisition, fresh from  (you pick), EBay, Craig’s List, the local flea market, antique store or the local pawnshop.  “It was a great buy”, they exude,  “and it only needs to have new strings or a new bridge or a setup or something.”  All too often the instrument is of inferior quality with budget level fittings, not of a high-grade wood, and will only aggravate their efforts to learn.  The chin rest is plastic and the sound post is not properly fitted so there is an almost imperceptible bulge to the top, or it falls and starts to roll around as soon as the strings are slackened even a little.  The old adage, “If it’ s too good to be true, it probably isn’t”, persists for a reason.  Or, “You get what you pay for.” Is another quote that comes to mind.  When shopping in these places the other adage one must keep forefront in their mind is, “Buyer beware.”  Often the people doing the selling are not informed as to the true value of these treasures.  They tell you it is old or pretty or some other quality as their selling point.  These qualities are not top priorities when buying an instrument, though they are considerations. It is exceedingly difficult to buy an instrument on the Internet and know exactly what you are getting.  The photographs and descriptions tell you nothing of the tone or sound of an instrument.  Sound and tone are perhaps the most important characteristics of an instrument along with playability.  You cannot get a good measure of these qualities when viewing an instrument on line.  It does not matter how pretty an instrument is if it does not sound good. In the initial rush of acquiring and instrument it is easy to get swept away in the moment.  Rushing into a contract at a school event while your child is wide-eyed with excitement is very tempting.   Taking a deep breath, shopping around to find the best deal to find a friendly atmosphere with folks who are there to help is a much better idea. As we all know, money does not grow on trees.  So take your time.  Evaluate the place as well as the instruments and what financing options they may have. Your best bet for buying an instrument that will suit your needs is a local shop that provides service after the sale.  A shop like this will have a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff that recognizes quality, not only in instruments but also in instrument care.  They set up each instrument to fit your needs, to meet your requirements.  They have researched the available product lines and will have what they feel is the best buy for the dollar available.  They can back up what they sell and will make sure that it is ready for you to play when you get it.  It is tough enough to learn a new instrument, you don’t need to add to the complications by using an inferior instrument that won’t stay in tune or the pegs don’t operate properly, or the bridge is ill fitted.  This can lead to frustrations that come from fighting the instrument just when you are facing the daunting task of learning how to play it. As a rule of thumb, your first instrument should be good enough to take you through and beyond your first three years of learning.  This way you can concentrate on learning the instrument and how to play it without the nagging problems incurred when parts fail, tuning pegs get stuck and will not turn, and the instrument becomes more of a hindrance than a help.  With an eye for the future, ask the local merchant if he has a rental plan for his instruments.  If they have a “rent to buy” program, you can work your way up to a better quality instrument as your playing skills advance.  This is especially helpful when buying for a child.  With the right program you can roll over your rental towards a larger instrument as the child grows.  Check into trade-in and buy back programs the store may also have.  Some stores keep detailed records of what they sell and whom they sell it to.  These stores often have buy back or trade in programs where you can recoup some of your investment when upgrading to a larger instrument or one of better quality.  Before buying ask about plans for rolling over rental money toward a better instrument, buy back and trade-up policies.  Find the one that is best for you. When passing through the threshold from being a music consumer to becoming a music producer, many things change.  This instrument is not just something pretty, but it is a tool for the expression of your artistic self.  This makes the qualities of playability and sound more important than ever.  If the instrument is not easy to play and cannot produce a pleasing sound, you aren’t going to want to play it.  It is that simple. As you progress on your musical journey, you will become more demanding of a responsive instrument that can reflect and express your music for others to enjoy.  Having the support of a local shop and all the services they supply is invaluable to your journey toward fulfilling your musical destiny.  The shop that deserves your business will offer good trade-ins when you want to upgrade or they provide a good rent-to-own program where you can take your equity in your instrument and apply it to an advancing instrument.  The deserving shop will have a knowledgeable, friendly, sales staff that helps you find the instrument that suits you, and a repair staff that can keep your investment in top form.  This will make your trip into the shop more of a delight and less of a chore as well as an opportunity to learn a bit more about the world of bowed instruments.  Additionally, with this support system you are free to keep your mind on your music and not on getting along with your instrument.  

Carolina Youth Symphony

Les Hicken, conductor

March 3, 2013

3:00 pm

@ McAlister Auditorium

Tickets: 864-232-3963

BJU Cello Choir will perform Monday 3/31/14 at 5:00pm on campus, in the War Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC

Congrathulations Cassidy for winning 2 tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma in October with the Greenville Symphony.

Furman university is hosting this year’s Cellobration. Masterclasses, group classes, and full cello choir rehearsals will be held in anticipation of the gala concert on Saturday night. Event hours are Friday night, September 12 and Saturday from 8:30 am till the concert scheduled at 5:30pm.

Win 2 tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma live performing with the Greenville Symphony by entering our drawing at the lobby of McAlister Auditorium. Drawing will be during the concert that begins at 5:30pm Saturday night the 13th.

Here we are in the lobby, you can’t miss us.

A few celli on the tables awaiting great cellists to play on them.

A few celli on the tables awaiting great cellists to play on them.

Go here to win tickets.

Go here to win tickets.

Here is what we look like from above.

Here is what it looks like from above.

Nice celli there.

Nice celli there.

Heyyyy, this is fun!

Heyyyy, this is fun!


Smart idea to play the violin

Smart idea to play the violin

Create-Your-Own Case ID Tag

Receive your free Case Identification Tag and create your own personal design for your instrument case. When you Rent to Grow, Rent to Upgrade, Rent to Own, or Purchase your violin, viola, cello, or bass from Jim Clinton Violins. We will provide the glitter glue, stickers, pens and workspace so you can create it right here in our shop. Here are just a few creative musicians with their own personalized, hand crafted name tag. These case ID tags were handmade right here in our town.


Eye think Eye see what you are saying about fun!

Just a few ideas



Ocean Theme



Talk, talk, talk



Aaah, very satisfying.



Me and my case tag


As a part of the “Spring Concert Series” the Foothills Philharmonic will be performing “Chamber Selections” on:

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

This performance will be at the:

Salvation Army Kroc Center 424 Westfield Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

The “Chamber Selections” program is under the direction of Kory Vrieze and this performance is a part of the 2012-2013 “World Travelers” season.

Admission is free.

For more information www.foothillsphil.org.

Here’s an e-mail that came in recently from Ed Yazijian, Furman University faculty member.

Dear Jim,

Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. I just want to let you know that I’m very pleased with the work you’ve done on my violin. It’s much easier to play and sounds great! I only wish I had brought it in sooner, but hey, better late than never.