COVID-19 Update

Like many of us, I have been carefully monitoring the news and the latest recommendations from both public health experts and the State of Michigan. I have made the difficult decision to suspend shop hours to protect our loved ones with compromised immune systems.

I’ve heard from over a dozen clients recently in desperate need of bow work. Over the next couple of weeks, I will start accepting bows by mail only, with hopes to offer curbside drop-off and pick-up at my shop in the near future.  

I will be taking several necessary steps to reduce transmission of COVID-19:

  • When the package is received, the exterior of the box will be wiped down with disinfectant.
  • The packaged will remain sealed for 3 days, to reduce any possible transmission of germs.
  • Bows will be processed one at time to avoid cross contamination.
  • The bow will be photographed and disassembled while wearing gloves and a mask.
  • The parts will be cleaned and polished, this process should disinfect the bow further.
  • The bow will be carefully packaged once the work is complete and shipped via UPS.

This process will add a considerable amount of time to rehair and repair work. Turn around time should be expected to be about 1 week for a rehair. Even though the cost of hair has increased by over 13%, add the cost of PPE, and increased labor time involved, I am choosing to keep my prices the same. I understand many musicians are not working, or are working in limited capacity and I don’t want to push anyone over budget at this time. 

Here is a link to my blog article involving the process of packing and shipping a bow: https://adbowsllc.com/2018/10/05/shipping-a-bow/

Please contact me to schedule bow work and I will provide you with my shipping address. Bows are a very personal item and are handled daily by their owners. Do not send your bow if you have been sick in any way within 2 weeks of shipping, this is for the safety of my family and other clients with compromised immune systems.

Now is an excellent time to catch up with the articles on my blog. There is plenty of material to take your mind off things and keep you occupied. Meanwhile, I will be at the bench catching up on bow orders and working on additional articles. 

Wishing you all good health,
Anthony DiMambro

Services

Handmade Bows

I hand craft a small number of bows each year using traditional French techniques. Do you need more power, how about response, maybe more resonance or ease of play? As a musician and craftsman, I want to create the right bow for your playing needs. These bows are an excellent choice for the advanced student and discerning professional. More information…

Rehair

Rehair is a regular service of the bow in which the hair is replaced typically twice a year, and recommended more often for serious players. Each bow rehair must follow a meticulous process to preserve the unique characteristics of the bow and sound quality when played. I acquire the finest hair for bows available from a trusted source that I have been working with for over a decade. I obsess over the finest details of hair length, quantity, and tension to produce superb results. The rehair process leaves many delicate parts of the bow exposed and should only be done by a highly skilled and trained professional. More information…

Instruments and Bows for Sale

As I continually develop my inventory, I have a collection of hand-selected items for purchase. Every item is carefully examined for quality of materials, excellence in craftsmanship, and condition before it is selected for my inventory. More information…

Restoration and Repair

Restoration and repair of fine bows have been the main focus of my career as a bow technician for over the past decade. Making bows is something I have gotten into more recently only after studying and understanding what a great bow is and what I want to see in a bow.  There are so many great bow makers, but it is unfortunate there are very few people focused on the restoration of bows. So many nice bows with nice sticks are in disrepair and can play so much better in the hands of a qualified technician. Pernambuco is precious and scarce, and bows should not be thrown out if they can be saved. Most parts of the bow can be repaired or replaced and if done correctly can appear original and have no effect on value. Please take care of your bow! More information…

About

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Anthony DiMambro has been an active restorer of bows for nearly 16 years and has taken on bow making as of 2015. He spent several years doing bow restoration full time at a major violin shop in the midwest prior to establishing his own workshop in 2018. Anthony is well known for his rehair and restoration services and is quickly gaining recognition for his high quality handmade bows. He has completed courses in bow restoration at the University of New Hampshire with George Rubino and bow making with Gold Medal winner Rodney Mohr.

Anthony’s musical background involves studying viola and guitar as a child. Anthony teaches classical guitar for Suzuki Royal Oak in Madison Heights, Michigan, and has been a teacher there for over 14 years. He also performs regularly for weddings and other private events. Check out the links page to hear some recordings.

Testimonials and Reviews

Andrew Hatfield

 

Carla Calabrese

I took my son’s bow to Tony to be rehaired before a very important performance. Tony went above and beyond what we asked of him. He didn’t just rehair the bow. He thoroughly cleaned and polished the bow, returning the wood to its original luster and the metal to its original patina. Tony also took the time to explain what he did and why, and he gave us advice on care and handling of the bow. Tony is a true professional. His workmanship is outstanding. He provides a level of personal service that is rare these days.

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