Tepho Bows

October 23, 2005 at 03:31 PM · Is anyone familiar with the bows of Georges Tepho? How is their playability against the work of Benoit Rolland?

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October 23, 2005 at 06:55 PM · I can't compare the two, because I've never tried a Rolland, but I surely have a high regard for the Tepho bows I've tried.

October 23, 2005 at 09:21 PM · Slightly off topic but anyone tried Yannick Le Canu's bows?

October 23, 2005 at 10:21 PM · The Rollands that I've played required practically no effort to play. Each was perfectly balanced, with incredible sesitivity to every nuance of player and instrument. Tracking and feedback along the string-to-hair-to-stick-to-hand continuum show Rolland's understanding for his craft. Not a shake, wobble, or wiggle along the stick. His work is among the best. I know several violinists here in NYC who placed orders immediately after playing them.

Having always been an aggressive player, I've generally prefered a stiffer bow. Now in my late 20s, most of my work is orchestral, which naturally has tempered my technique. The bow that I have used for almost ten years has become *too* stiff; dynamics and thrown strokes are terribly difficult to control. The bow seems unable to absorb the transfer of vibrations, creating a shake and tremor in the stick when playing legato. Over-comensation is sapping my energy and technique, and is giving way to a nasty domino effect.

I hope to get to look at a few Tephos this week. I also would like to also see LeCanu's work; his results at the VSA in 2004 were remarkable.


November 9, 2005 at 06:50 AM · Eric did you get to try those Tepho bows and perhaps Le Canu?

November 12, 2005 at 04:43 AM · Still haven't had the chance yet to try them, been simply too busy. Will keep you posted...


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