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I did not plan to buy another bow today!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Long story of the day.....

I took my fiddle in to my luthier friend today for it's annual check-up. When I walked in, buying another bow was the furthest thing from my mind. Not even on the back burner!  But sometimes events take  unexpected turns....

I had forgotten about a recent conversation with a mutual friend of the luthier about my current bow.  It is a great bow, well-worth what I paid for it.  Made by a talented maker, nice craftsmanship. But even when I bought it (over 10 years ago),  I had some concerns that it might not be quite lively enough for reels, and I went back and forth for 2 weeks between it and another bow that was livelier but didn't bring out as much full, sweet tone.    But I really can't afford to purchase another bow in the same price range, so I wasn't actively looking- just talking.

When he completed the routine check-up, the luthier pointed out the bow in a case on the table and mentioned that our friend had told him I was looking for an  inexpensive but lively bow.   OH! I remember that conversation now.

It's a Brazilian pernambuco bow with nickel fittings (my other bow has silver). As seems to be the case with other instruments he's helped me acquire, there is a complex backstory about where it came from, how he ended up with it and why it's available at such a great price.  He mentions that highly respected classical player/teacher we both know tried it and pronounced  it " the best cheap bows" he had every played".   Of course, cheap is relative... ($360).

 "Take some time, take it home, and think about it.  We can make arrangements for you to make payments..."   And oh yeah, a good sales pitch-  especially when there's actually no comission to be made -  " by the way, that teacher has a student who might interested in it...." 

Yes, it does seem to be crisper and more responsive for bow trebles & quick string-crossings. Maybe it's pulling a little more volume out of my fiddle.  It wouldn't hurt to have a decent second bow....i've played bows that do all that better- but it seems to have some characteristics my other bow lacks...  Okay-  I'm sold.

  It was a major redirection in my thinking, but after test-driving some more at home, it looks like I've got one less empty spot for a bow in my case.






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I played classical violin for about 5 years in school, then some guitar for a while. I took up mandolin about 1987, but gradually migrated to fiddle around 1990. I started playing traditional music in an open contra dance band, and still enjoy playing for contra dancing, but have a very strong interest in Irish music. I played with Round the House for about 12 years, until 2010. Now I am playing in a very trad oriented trio with an uillean piper, Scatter the Dust, and a duo with a singer, Cobblestone

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