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I'm buying the bow . . .

Posted by bj on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dee is a very good friend, indeed. She finally told me the price. It's very, very  reasonable. Time to start dumping stuff on ebay!

I'm loving this bow, really playing the hell out of it. It's so  . . . solid. Rock solid, while also being light as a feather, if that makes any sense. There's no jitter at all, and it really does respond nicely. The balance is so much more in tune with the way my arm works, that all becomes easier. I've been having a lot of fun with bowrocking and wow, what a difference!

My intonation is better since the tone this bow is pulling is that much cleaner and clearer, and I can now clearly hear that ringing sound when I'm on the money.

And when I lay into it on a tune like Cluck Old Hen, it really can sound gritty too, when I want it to. Yes, I can make this bow sound like a chicken, though its natural voice is more nightingale-ish, I think.

So yeah, the bow has already improved my playing (unless I'm just nuts, which I admit is possible.)

Geez, only a fiddler can wax rhapsodic for two whole blogposts over a dang carved stick of wood, a bit of metal and some horsehair, huh?



16 comments on “I'm buying the bow . . .”

Rene Says:
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @6:18:55 PM

Yippee for you. Celebrate Celebrate, Celebrate the music!!!!
So I'm guessing it didn't cost you your firstborn.

FiddleJammer Says:
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @6:37:51 PM

A good bow might be worth a firstborn. Depending on the bow and the firstborn, I guess. :-)

SMDTMTL Says:
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @6:41:20 PM

congrats on the bow BJ.... nice, the new inspiration a new bow or fiddle will bring...it's all helpful.... Did I just read in someone else's blog that you spent some time in Aroostock county in Maine? I spent many of the early summers of my life up there. Went to college in Houlton...
Steve

bj Says:
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @6:42:06 PM

No firstborn needed. Besides, he's (much) bigger than me and would give me an argument . . .

bj Says:
Sunday, March 15, 2009 @6:43:26 PM

You went to RICKER??? Wowza! I stayed summers in Linneus, just south of Houlton, on Crow Hill. Then, when I moved up there I was in Presque Isle and Caribou.

SMDTMTL Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @3:44:57 AM

Yup. Ricker... So far, the only college I've ever heard of that went so completely out of business that you can't even
find much evidence of it's prior existence in the town. Of course I haven't been up there in years., but my mother, brother and sister have been up there fairly recently and tell me it's very very gone. My mother's family was from the Ashland area (ever hear of Portage?) and she and all her siblings went to Ricker Classical Institute, when it was more or less a "high school" ... that was back in the 30s and 40s. I still have a bunch of relatives in Maine, but at this point it's mostly 2nd or 3rd cousins... I went to Ricker in 69-71... I've been through Presque Isle and Caribou a lot... Had an aunt living in Caribou for something like 25 years... Fun to think back to those old places, and old times. Did you know anyone who went to Ricker?

bj Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @3:54:22 AM

Yes, an old boyfriend of mine went to Ricker, Bud Abrams, son of a famous general. I stayed at Crow Hill summers from '72 to when I moved up to Caribou in '76. Looks like we just missed each other. :-)

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @7:22:40 AM

I would gladly GIVE you a bow if you would take my middle-born. His mother would not cooperate with that, though.

bj Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @7:55:47 AM

ROFL! How old is this wayward child? If it helps, they do regain human status when they hit their 20's and are on their own.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @8:11:43 AM

One of the best fiddlers 'round here uses the cheapest bow he owns, a $49 Chinese something or other, though he owns some worth thousands. He tells me to play with the one which "feels best to you." So I'm glad you've found one you like.
Humbled

bj Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @8:18:44 AM

Thanks, Humbled. It really does feel best, and on all my fiddles!

Jessi Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @9:54:42 AM

Yeah! Glad you got it. It sounds like a good fir for you.

Swing Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @1:12:17 PM

bj.... enjoy that new bow, there is nothing better than to be happy playing with instruments that feel right.

Play Happy

bj Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @1:15:54 PM

Thanks, Swing! Yeah, between the fiddles I now own, and this bow, I'm set for a good few years, I should think. Unless, of course, I happen to stumble on an orphaned fiddle or bow at a yard sale or flea market . . . (says the addict . . .)

Cyndy Says:
Friday, March 20, 2009 @8:05:52 AM

I'm excited for you! And isn't it nice that we have a place were we can dance for joy over something like finding just the right bow and know that the people reading will get it like only a fiddler could? Enjoy!

bj Says:
Friday, March 20, 2009 @10:31:59 AM

Yes, that's the beauty of this virtual community, it's a place where people "get it". I just met another fiddler and got to play a few tunes this morning, and the bow was great. Wow, I can get high on fiddling. Really.

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