March 4, 2008 at 1:17 PMWell...how to write this I'm not sure.
In 1998, as I approached the end of graduate school, I bought a bow. This bow is a French copy of the work of James Tubbs - strange, no? A French bow that is a copy of the work of an Englishman whose work has been compared to "the very best French work".
As I have been taking care of my geese (so that I can continue to lay golden eggs) so to speak, I recently had a diagnostic done on this bow. In addition to regular maintenance (rehair, new grip, etc.) I asked Bryan Christopher at the Tulsa Violin Shop about recambering the stick, as there were a couple small bends near the tip.
Bryan is a young man - early twenties - and a very accomplished violinist in addition to being a very competent, thorough, and engaging bowmaker. He did say that he could work on straightening the stick a bit...and two weeks later it feels as if I have a new bow. Honestly - while it may seem frightening to have heat applied to a stick, Bryan's incredibly thoughtful and thorough work has resulted in this bow being exponentially easier to control than it was before.
More from the road,
Whew! You had to have been a teensy bit nervous at that moment of truth, after tightening the bow and just before applying it to strings, yes? Glad to hear it worked out well!
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