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Should we select a quartet or a trio.      
o  A string quartet covers the parts more fully than a trio and has a warmer sound.  The difference in volume is negligible so your choice should be based on the sound you prefer.  Listen to each and select the one you like best!  A string trio makes a beautiful sound and is a popular selection as well and is slightly lower in cost.

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Mozart for example wrote 23 string quartets and only one trio.  He preferred the sound of a quartet.   

Are tips expected?    
o  It is customary to tip for a job well done.  Although greatly appreciated by the musicians, it is neither required nor expected. 

How do the musicians dress?    
o  Dress code is formal concert attire, tux/suite.  Black and white. 

How much time do we need for a wedding? 
  Every wedding is different, usually:
o  prelude music as guests arrive.           (15--30 min.)

o  ceremony                                          (30--40 min.)
o  exit of bridal party, postlude, music during photos and or drinks after ceremony (1/2 --1 hour)
o  music during first part of or all of reception / dinner              (1--3 hours)

Should we work directly with the quartet or use an event planner / booking agency? 
We would prefer  to work with you directly even if you have an agent  because: 
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   There are less errors without a middle man
   o   Planners & agents charge fees which often add to your cost.
   o   Some planners do not communicate enough while others shower musicians with so many details they don't need, that important information gets lost in the packets.
   o   We have had agents inform clients we are no longer available after we received a contract with a non refundable because some communication or payment was not made to them on their timetable.  This leaves you holding the bag, and possibly paying fees to two ensembles.  We cannot control when we receive a contract with a deposit and cannot reserve musicians and date until it is received.  Again communicating directly with you makes this type of error a non issue. 
   o   Some agents are wonderful to work with!  Some are not.

What do you require to perform?
o  The quartet requires only 4 upright chairs.  Access to AC power is appreciated for lights if needed, but not necessary.

Do you play outdoors?  
o  Yes we do.  performance limitations

Do you play the reception?     
o  Yes.  Often the cocktail hour or whole dinner/reception as well as the ceremony.   

What if wedding and reception are in two different locations?  Does it cost more?   
o  Our charges are based on the length of the engagement from the beginning of the prelude to the end.  There are no additional fees to change venue. 

How soon do we need to book the musicians?      
o  We encourage you to book as early as is feasible.  Popular dates fill quickly.  We can often accommodate a last minute emergency, so don't hesitate to call if you get in a bind. 

Do we need a PA system? 
o  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Click  sound system for more information.

What for of payment do you take?
o  We require a $100.00 deposit with the performance agreement to hold your date.  Payment may be made by cash (in person), or by check. 

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