Dallas Bow Makers and Rehair
The pandemic closed down the only shop in DFW I trusted to do my repairs and repairs, Jay R Rury.
Does anyone know of a reputable bow maker who can rehair my bow, preferably as close to Dallas as possible?
I don't know about rehairs, but I recently had my setup done by Josh Waybright in Richardson. He did excellent work and it sounds way better than it did before and I'd imagine his rehairs are good too. Maybe someone has experienced his rehairs before. He did the bridge and the soundpost on my violin. I think he's about 15-25 minutes from Dallas depending on where you are in the city and traffic. I think he's 15 or so from SMU's campus.
Before Duncan moved to Caraway Strings after Jay retired, he had recommended Mike Sheriff for bow work. I never contacted him and ended up getting my bow rehaired at Caraway by Rozie. Not a bad job (but maybe too much hair for my bow... It's better now because of hair-loss :).
I've found that you can ask the luthier to alter how much or how little hair to put on the bow based on your preferences. I've never tried it, but it probably wouldn't hurt. I think on one of my bows I would prefer to have the hair a little shorter to add some resistance in the hair. right now the hair pushes to the stick way too easily and I don't remember it doing that when I first bought it. It's only had one rehair as I've only had it for a little under a year. It's definitely due for a rehair soon I think it's been almost 6 months. I used to get my rehairs done on campus at my school because it was only $40 which is great when you're a student. But since I'm starting at a new school I need to find somewhere else to get my rehairs done. I've never gotten my bow rehaired anywhere else up here so finding a new place will be fun. I'll probably give Waybright a try since he did a good job with my violin.
I highly recommend Michael Sheriff.
Anyone ever tried one of Michael Sheriff’s bows? His website says his violin bows go for $3000-$5000.
Seems like everything in Texas is run by Sheriffs!!
Michael Sheriff worked in Salchow's shop in NYC, by the way. I met him at high noon in Dallas, but he beat me to the draw. So I didn't purchase his bow.
I see that Richardson is about 20 miles from Dallas. In Texas that's not even in your back yard. It's on your porch.