Why are bags not shipping before June 20th? Sarah's Violin Bags LLC is a one-woman business run by a doctoral student at the Jacob's School of Music who also has a full schedule as a professional musician... This means sometimes concert schedule interferes with bag ship times. I apologize for the delay in shipping your bag but I hope you'll find it's worth the wait! Why are some bags listed as "pre-order"? Sarah is currently working on a number of custom orders and other projects, so many violin bag prints are currently sold out. These are listed as available for "pre-order" purchase, so you can reserve yours. This places your order on a priority wait list, and your bag will ship as soon as Sarah can make it!
What is the difference between the silk brocades and silk charmeuse? The brocade bags are the a kind of smooth, slippery-feeling fabric, but woven into a brocade, with several threads woven together (like a miniature tapestry) instead of just one texture. These threads make the pattern in the fabric, instead of the fabric being a dyed print.
The silk charmeuse fabric is, smooth, and slippery-feeling. Sarah's current design (first conceived by Anne Akiko Meyers) puts this smooth side on the inside, so your instrument is surrounded by the smoothest part of the fabric. This type of fabric feels the most like a stereotypical wedding dress-supple and soft.
The natural fiber offers the most protection for your instrument from temperature and humidity changes, and are the most recommended by luthiers. It's hard to describe these things in words, so I'm happy to send you fabric samples if you would like to compare!
How long will a cello or viola bag take? Once you've chosen a fabric that is available, I can give you a more exact time estimate for your bag. Current wait time for a custom project is now 1-2 months due to a high number of orders.
How do I order a cello or viola bag? First, pick a print or a color. Second, message me at email@example.com, or via Facebook. (Measuring instructions for viola bags found here.) Viola bags vary slightly depending on the viola's size, between $65 and $75, cello bags are all $155.
What if I have an unusually high chinrest? Since Sarah's violin bags close at the scroll, your chinrest affects how your bag fits! If you have an especially high model (such as an SAS or similar), send me a message before ordering to be sure your new bag will fit.
How often do you get new prints in? New prints come in on average every four weeks during September-May, somewhat longer during the summer months... This can change due to customer interest, new local fabric discoveries, or special request bags. If you have a particular color or pattern in mind, please send me a message and I can see what is available.
If you want to keep up on new prints, I post them regularly on the Facebook page. Like it here!
Why does silk cost so much more than the other fabrics? Silk is a beautiful, magnificent fabric! The silk brocade is imported from China and Japan, made through a centuries-old process, out of natural threads from silk worms, then dyed and woven into beautiful patterns. Because of this, silk brocade costs 2 to 2 1/2 times more than the satin brocades. The price difference in the violin bags reflects the cost difference in the materials.