Modern bow maker suggestions
Hoping to have your valuable opinions and suggestions ... which ones of these makers would you suggest that make works that in general are lighter and flexible, full and solo sounding, and handles similar to Tourte and Persois?
Yannick le Canu
Pierre Yves Fuchs
(Recently got a fantastic Noel Burke which fits the bill perfectly, hopefully able to have another after trying other makers works)
Thanks for your suggestions in advance!
I have a Le Canu bow... and I've tried about five others of his all together.. and I think they are a good match for the qualities you describe. To me they are more supple and alert than most modern bows, but I haven't had a chance to try the other makers on your list.
Paul (and Allen) are you guys working with him directly or is there a shop that still offers his bows from time to time?
How interesting, I just made an appointment to go visit Yannick at his atelier in Lille later this month!
Rodney Mohr makes faithful Tourte models. You can check out my latest Tourte model violin bows on my Facebook page AD Bows, LLC.
Eric Gagne, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - French lineage, perfect workmanship, excellent mechanics and sound properties. I am very, very happy customer.
I have two bows (violin and cello) by Paul Martin Siefried of Port Townsend, WA, USA. He is a multiple gold medal winner. Both of these bows are quite remarkable for tone.
Port Townsend has become kind of a hotbed of bow making, partly because Paul Siefried and Charles Espey were there to act as mentors and contribute to the training of others, like Robert Morrow and Ole Kanestrom. I don't know whether one can get bows from Siefried or Espey any more. Both have been good friends of mine, but they're not exactly "spring chickens", and they might have onerous wait times due to prior commissions.
Emmanuel Bégin of Montreal. Multiple gold medal winner. Worked with Yannick Le Canu for several years. I own a beautifully nimble Bégin bow, 57.9 grams, remarkably rich tone, crisp articulation.
The Soundpost, a violin shop in Toronto, has had quite a few LeCanu bows pass through... I believe they have some sort of arrangement with him. I don't know if they have any currently, because they do tend to get snapped up pretty quickly.
A LeCanu bow plays virtually the same as a Begin. Very slightly more springy at the frog, but that's about it. LeCanu trained Begin, and Begin uses the same design.
Thanks Paul - I talked with them some time back but they had no plans to have one of his cello bows. Allen sounds like he's set since he's able to visit in person, that is ideal.
Can anyone recommend a good shop on the east coast with a good selection of modern makers? I went to a few in the DC area and just found a few here and there. I'd love to try some mentioned here all in one place
Carriage House in Boston.
+1 on Carriage House, a really good selection there with a good trial program.
In Europe, John Stagg of Bristol, England, who learnt his craft at Hill's. I've heard that pre-owned Staggs are rare on the market, which speaks for itself.
My Morgan Andersen bow is definitely "...lighter and flexible, full and solo sounding, and handles similar to Tourte and Persois.."
I have a Cody Kowalski bow and it is phenomenal, as was mentioned earlier. I really recommend his bows. I have another bow that's on loan to me, a french bow by Thomassinn, and they are definitely of similar quality. Only difference is the Kowalski bow is a bit lighter and the Thomassin helps me produce a bigger and darker sound.
Another vote for Carriage House Violins/Johnson Strings. I recently bought a very nice Thomas Goering Viola bow from them and they were great to work with, with their trial program. I also recognize many of the makers in this thread from their viola bow inventory, so I imagine they have violin bows by many of the same makers.
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