Strings By Mail
Specializing in Classical Guitar Strings, DVDs, nail products and accessories at discount prices.

Notes From Tom
Classical Guitar Strings at discount prices.
Ground mail service only, no phone, no email; write for catalog.
Notes From Tom
P.O. Box 21351 
Denver, Colorado

Guitar Supports

Gitano Guitar Support 
A great alternative to the footrest. It's small, comfortable, stable, foldable, and fits in most cases while still on the guitar. Because you don't remove the suction cups, they stay very firm. This is what I use and I highly recomend it.  I've had mine on my guitar for over five years and the suction cups haven't slipped or moved in that time. (If your guitar is finished with French Polish or another porous material, you'll need to install plastic tap plate material on the guiar under the place where the suction cups go.)
The Gitano is available at:


The 'NeckUp' Guitar Support
A solid and dependable alternative to the footrest. Needs to be removed everytime you put the guitar in it's case.

Dynarette Guitar Support Cushion 
Another good alternative to the footrest. 
Available in USA at LUTHIER MUSIC CORP. 
(212) 397-6038
341 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036


Nail Care

Glass Fingernail Files
Very fine filing. Cuts rather than rippes. Nail requires less smoothing after use. Easy to clean and can be sterilized with heat or boiling water. Frequent use reduces nail chipping and peeling. Dip in water for a flawless finish. Use on artificial nails as well. 
Available in Small (3 1/2"),  Medium (5 1/2")

1000 Grit Wet Dry Sandpaper
Available at most autoparts stores, in the touchup section. This and a glass file is all you need for nail shaping and surfacing your nails. Cut into roughly 2 1/2" squares, and wrap around file to use. 3M Imperial Wetordry Sheet, 9 in x 11 in, Grade 1000, Pack of 5 Sheets for around $12 including shipping. This amount will last about five years for most guitarists. 3M has the most flexible backing for controlled smoothing. 

Hoofer's Choice Nail and Cuticle Cream
Also available locally at Sally Beauty Supply store. Strengthens and conditions present nails and cuticles. Does not affect growth, but is immediate. I use in combination with Onymyrrthe.
Also available locally at the Sally Beauty Supply store.


Guitars and other supplies

Young Musicians
Students Classical Guitar from the Czech Republic for under $200
Sizes 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 & 4/4
Accessories and Suzuki Guitar Materials 
Good source for footrests

GSP -Guitar Solo Publications
Probably the Largest Inventory of 
Classical Guitar Music in the World.
Tel: 415 896-1144, Fax: 415 896-1155

Guitars International with Armin Kelly in Cleveland, Ohio
Vast Selection of Fine Classical Guitars 
Tel. (216) 752-7502, Fax. (216) 752-7593

Ruben Flores Guitar
Importer of Fine Student Classical Guitars

Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI
Reasonably Priced Student and Concert 
Classical Guitars, and Accessories
1100 N Washington, P.O. Box 14249, Lansing, MI 48901
showroom 517-372-7880, mailorder 517-372-7890, fax 517-372-5155

Introduction to Alexander Technique
A technique for helping many musician related physical problems

Baoding Balls
A good and inexpensive source for Chinese Exercise (Health) Balls. A big selection of  sizes and styles. The marble and stone ones are not recommended,  but all the other styles are. Great for limbering up the hands and developing greater hand and finger coordination, 
as well as for general relaxation for musicians and typists, etc. I would recommend the 47mm size, for guitar players, made of hollow iron, coated with chrome plating or cloisonne, not ones made of stone.


Take care in all your transactions. I have no financial relationship with any of these businesses. They are simply listed here because they have been very useful to me and might be of use to you.