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Prochownik "Alsatian" bow

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses & Bows' started by LouisF, Nov 2, 2011.


  1. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    A French/German hybrid bow. Frog "height" is 36mm. weight 132.5 grams, length27 1/2 inches.

    It's been discussed here:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f2/french-german-hybrid-bow-pics-781194/

    and here

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f2/french-german-bow-differences-195876/

    It's a really great bow BUT... I'd recommend this for someone who is primarily a French player switching to German from time to time.

    I was using it as my primary German bow for some opera work but the French button/screw gets a little uncomfortable after a lot of playing time.

    I love the concept and have asked a local bow maker to copy it with a more German button etc

    $1050 or best offer (will also consider comparable trade for German bow)

    Thanks,

    Louis
     

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  2. HunterBrodt

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    Nice bow man.

    If my finances weren't drained from a travel bass I would jump on this thing.
     
  3. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Thanks.

    I think there's a Youtube master class with Theiry Barbe somewhere using this kind of bow. For me, as a German player with sort of bad hands now, it's really great when you have pages of whole note/half not stuff to shift over-hand, take a little pressure off, and then switch back.

    Needless to say players like Barbe and Paul Ellison use this kind of bow for much more subtle reasons!

    Louis
     
  4. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

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    Just wondering... Can you replace the button/screw assembly with a German one?
     
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  6. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    The short answer, according to Denisa Hanna, who's making the copy of the bow, is YES, but have a real bow-maker do it, because it will affect balance etc.

    We sort of decided we'd do that if the bow didn't sell, but I guess I personally didn't want to alter Mike's work (I know him well and he has made bows for me in the past). But the answer is yes.

    Louis
     
  7. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

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    I love Prochownik's bows. His are my favourite so far, aside from one of my teacher's Reid Hudsons. I'd love to give this a whirl, but alas, University is expensive.
     
  8. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Thanks. Trust me, I understand. Z's bows are incredible value for money.

    Louis
     
  9. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

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    I was talking to one of my friends, Serge Sioufi (an archetier [as we call them in French] maker here in Montreal), and he said that Z's bows aren't as expensive as Hudsons, Lipkins, or other because he didn't go to bow making school. However, his bows are often comparable to Hudsons and such. I love that a fellow Canadian breaks the mold of needing to go to school, and that he can offer what I think are world-class bows, at a very affordable price.

    Anyone that picks up this bow will not be at a loss, I am certain.
     
  10. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Thanks again!

    Louis
     
  11. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    The bow is going out on trial. Thanks

    Louis
     
  12. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Bow coming back from trial. Still available!

    Louis
     
  13. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Bump.... Thanks

    Louis
     
  14. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

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    Coming back to this now, I might be interested in trying this for a week or so. Louis, are you looking for a deposit? Currently I'm trialing some Bernard Walke bows, but I'm still undecided. PM me back or whatever.
     
  15. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

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    For a cheap solution to the button issue, perhaps wrapping it with surgical tubbing, just like the index guard for french bow.
     
  16. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Hi Rod,

    The bow's out on trial now. If it comes back, I'll give that a try! Thanks.

    All the best,

    Louis
     
  17. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Sold. Please close.

    Thanks

    Louis
     

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