Duncan Harris is a luthier and bow maker based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We welcome him with his first guest article about keeping your strings clean for a better sound.
I recently put together a video where I start a freshly rehaired violin bow with rosin. This article links the video and outlines the process.
The scene is a common one. You go to practice your violin, viola, or cello, all the pegs have slipped and the strings are laying on the fingerboard. You try to tune it up and the bridge is leaning and all crooked, or worse, it just popped off. Now what do we do?
Jonathon Price is a violinmaker from Detroit, Michigan and has many of his instruments in the hands of world renowned musicians. We welcome him here, writing our first guest article about assessing the setup, condition of the fingerboard, and string heights on violin family instruments.
This is a gallery of some of the latest bows hot off the bench of bow maker Anthony DiMambro.
We've been busy creating some new and exciting content and can't wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime here are the top 5 of the most read articles over the past year.
Players have been turning to carbon fiber bows as backup bows for some time now but more players are turning to carbon fiber for their primary bow. Traditionally the accepted material for bows has been pernambuco but with the advent of new manufacturing technologies coupled with the decrease of production costs has perpetuated carbon fiber to be used in thousands of products, including bows for stringed instruments. Carbon fiber is currently the best synthetic material we have for the construction of acoustic components.
I have been working with a few customers by mail lately and I figured a number of other musicians do the same, especially those who don’t live near a shop. The following is basically the same simple instructions for packaging and shipping a bow that I give my customers.
I get asked a lot of questions regarding rosin so I put this article together to address some of the most common ones.
Recently I have had a couple of new customers wonder about how I determine hair length and quantity of hair for my rehairs. It seems so many people have different ideas and preferences to what the perfect length and quantity of hair might be. The truth is each individual bow has a very narrow range …