venerdì 12 gennaio 2018

My baby is back.

I'm talking about my bow who started life as French, went to German, then back to French, then to German again, then back to French, and then finally back to German.
I call this bow G1. My other bow is named G2.

Meet the team...

G1 & G2
I had my first double bass lesson in 1976 and, a few years later, acquired my own bass and bow.
In the 1990s I swapped G1 (then French) off a brother for a bass guitar. My brother had changed from French bow to German and, a little further down the track,  I decided to give it a go too.
I had a luthier build a German frog (part of the bow) for me. He built it differently than I had expected.

Study this photo...

The frog is the black curved bit that the hair comes out of. You'll notice that each frog has a slightly different shape. When I got my bow back (from the luthier) I wondered why he had made it a different shape. I found out, a few years later, that it is all to do with balance - to accomodate a German Frog on a French stick. This guy had done his homework. 

I got a hankering, a couple of times, to check out the French bow again. Hence the change to French. Both times it became obvious that German suited me better - I guess I'm a bit of a slow learner, but it is good to try these things. For this change one luthier wouldn't do it because he retired (maybe because of all my frog changes?) and another said he was too busy (I suspect he was a bit tired of me and my bow changing). I was very lucky to find a new luthier in Wellington who performed the change. 

I bought G2, from a friend who has a music shop, for $100. G1 is worth a lot more than that! I think my friend had acquired G2 as a trade in and was keen to move it on. I bought it without really trying it and G2 turns out to be a very good bow. In fact there is very little difference between them both - G1 just seems to have a slightly sweeter sound.

Well, there you have it - the story of my two double bass bows.
I'm presently learning the tune to Confirmation on the guitar, so I'd better go.
All my instruments are waiting - violin practice is overdue and there is a PBs practice on Sunday.

5 commenti:

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Sounds like the history of Alsace.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Put your clothes on.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

I just had a swim and took them off again.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Pull the blinds.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

It's OK. We're pretty secluded unless that pesky postman comes to the back door and looks in.