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Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« on: Nov 15, 2008, 09:01:43 PM »
Just curious who are the master fiddle bow makers?

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 16, 2008, 08:13:29 PM »
Try this for a start:
http://www.vanzandtviolins.com/homepages.htm

There are 34 living bow makers in there, I believe.

Go to the "Edit" menu of your browser, click on the
"Find" function, type in "bow" and it will take you right to them.

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 16, 2008, 10:26:49 PM »
Here's another one I ran across awhile ago:

http://beckley-violinbows.com/

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 18, 2008, 03:34:02 AM »
According to the Violin Society of America 1975-2004 gold medal violin bow winners are:
Pierre-Yves Fuchs
Yannick Le Canu
Robert Morrow
D. William Halsey
Mitsuaki Sasano
Gregor Walbrodt
Noel Burke
David H. Forbes
Roy G. Quade
David Samuels
Eric Grandchamp
Shu Sheng Kot
Robert Shallock
Randy L. Steenburgen
Keith Bearden
Roger Zabinski
Thomas Dignan
Sigrun Seifert
James McKean
Tetsuo Matsuda
Thomas Croen
Charles Espey
Reid Kowallis
Jose Dacunha
Reid Kowallis
Douglas Raguse
Paul Martin Siefried

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 18, 2008, 04:53:05 AM »
Good list.

Also add Morgan Andersen, Benoit Rolland, Ole Kanestrom, and Matthew Wheling.

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 18, 2008, 05:23:59 AM »
If you are talking specifically about fiddle bows, you sure don't need a  bow from any kind of master maker, although they can be very nice. All you really need is one that tracks well and pulls a nice sound.

A dirty little secret: One of my very favorite professional fiddlers, one who plays constantly all over the U S and in Europe, plays a K. Holz fiberglass bow - actually, several of them since she is kind of hard on them.

Another really good Irish fiddler describes her favorite bow as a "telephone pole."

Of course our own Dave Reiner plays a very nice antique French bow, and it doesn't seem to hurt his playing at all!

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 19, 2008, 12:06:31 AM »
A dirty little secret: One of my very favorite professional fiddlers, one who plays constantly all over the U S and in Europe, plays a K. Holz fiberglass bow - actually, several of them since she is kind of hard on them.
Jim Dorans was curious about my composite bows, I brought the K. Holtz (left the Glasser Braided's at home) to FH and he wanted to try it, surprisingly he though it was OK. He was even more surprised to find that they are $35 at most of the Sam Ash stores. ;D

They are actually Chinese in origin, despite the name. About the only thing I'd do to mine is put the Incredibow hair in it, it's really a nice stick. You can leave it in a car trunk with an electric and not worry about it.
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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 19, 2008, 12:12:04 AM »
According to the Violin Society of America 1975-2004 gold medal violin bow winners are:
Plus keep in mind that not all bowmakers bother to compete, some just sell their wares.  The guy I get rehairs from, Tom Egan, is a very good bowmaker yet doesn't end up on those lists, just sells bows to professionals out of his shop.

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 19, 2008, 01:17:52 AM »
Jim Dorans was curious about my composite bows, I brought the K. Holtz (left the Glasser Braided's at home) to FH and he wanted to try it, surprisingly he though it was OK. He was even more surprised to find that they are $35 at most of the Sam Ash stores. ;D

They are actually Chinese in origin, despite the name. About the only thing I'd do to mine is put the Incredibow hair in it, it's really a nice stick. You can leave it in a car trunk with an electric and not worry about it.

I've got one myself and I like it.

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #9 on: Nov 19, 2008, 01:25:37 AM »
Plus keep in mind that not all bowmakers bother to compete, some just sell their wares.  The guy I get rehairs from, Tom Egan, is a very good bowmaker yet doesn't end up on those lists, just sells bows to professionals out of his shop.

It seems to me that the challenge in these kind of purchases is that
a good reputation can add thousands of dollars to the price.
Yet, it's possible to put out a very good product and not be that well known... and so not be able to command such a high price.
In any category, those are the kind of products I'm interested in-
"sleepers"- high bang for the buck.
Sounds like Tom Egan is that kind of maker...
I did a search for him... funny, I happened across his page myself a couple
of days ago!
http://www.thelovelytrudella.com/vitadolcehome.html

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #10 on: Nov 19, 2008, 05:22:48 PM »
Frodopogo, unfortunetly Tom's bows aren't inexpensive though, his silver mounteds start at around $4K.

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #11 on: Nov 19, 2008, 07:07:50 PM »
Yeah, I guess if you have an L.A. location,
you have to have prices to match...

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #12 on: Nov 19, 2008, 07:18:05 PM »
Kevin Burke's brother, Noel. Savage bows.

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Re: Who are the master fiddle bow makers?
« Reply #13 on: Nov 20, 2008, 03:45:57 AM »
Matt Wheling uses my bow hair, he's a recent gold medalist.  I also really like Richard Rigall's baroque bows, and Roger Treat's bows (putney, vt).

 




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