I’m thrilled (and very fortunate) to be picking up a commissioned violin from Paul Schuback in Portland, OR later this summer. I live in Dallas, TX, and given current circumstances in the U.S. with the pandemic, my wife and I think this makes for a wonderful opportunity to explore the Midwest in a fun roadtrip from Dallas to Portland. In some ways, it feels like a final quest for my violin. :-)
While I’ve got the violin bit figured out – I have some savings set aside to invest in a new bow to accompany it. I currently play with a CodaBow Diamond SX which has been great and I’m confident I’ll keep as a second bow. I have another stick that’s wooden but doesn’t play as well as the CF – it was less than $500. For the last few years I’ve held off on searching for something nicer… didn’t make sense to acquire a new bow in advance of getting my “forever” instrument. Now that we’re closer to the delivery date, I’m trying to box in my excitement with as much desktop research as possible on quality bow inventories between Oregon and North Texas (assuming shops are open by then, fingers crossed). Given the amount of country we’re crossing, I don’t want to waste an opportunity to come across any inventory I otherwise would never encounter.
A few details … I won’t have the intention of purchasing on the spot, but hoping to instead bring two or three back home with me for a week trial (and mail back whichever ones aren’t a good fit). I would appreciate any shop recommendations if anyone is aware of good pernambuco bow inventories (price range up to $5-$6K). Any suggestions on particular makers are also welcome! I’ll still plan to do a blind test of several bows per shop, but always appreciate the expertise and knowledge I find in this community.
We can be flexible with the route back. We'll be traveling from Oregon through Idaho, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. So far we're definitely planning to visit Salt Lake City and Santa Fe (which is just close enough to dip down to Alburquerque). I’m also familiar with David Kerr in Portland (bought my current violin from him several years back). Are there any specific shops I should keep an eye out for?Tweet
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