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Stoltenberg bows

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by LouisF, May 21, 2011.


  1. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    A post in the Basses forum about Bob Riccardi's bass shop (where Ken Smith got his "cornerless" bass) led me to track down Bob Stoltenberg, whom I had never heard of before and ask him about his bows (Ricciardi's had two - several French and one German that they actually seemed reluctant to part with).

    Bob sent me FIVE German bows to try via Denisa Hanna (who worked for many years at Stein on Vine). The bows have almost no resemblance to one another - short, long, wrapped, unwrapped, heavy, light etc. But they're all pretty good, and a couple are really good.

    I've got them for a couple of weeks to try out. If anyone is interested, I can pass your info onto Bob or Denisa when I'm done. Most of the bows I have are @$1k.

    Interesting links are here:

    Robert Stoltenberg

    YouTube - ‪Part Two Fox Valley in Focus Interview with Bob Stoltenberg‬‏

    Riccardi's Violin and Bass: Bows
     
  2. chris1125

    chris1125

    May 14, 2007
    Interresting... Do you have his contact information or did you reach him by email?
     
  3. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
  4. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

    Dec 15, 2008
    Interested. I wouldn't mind trialing FIVE bows..

    Information?
     
  5. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't know what else to say at the moment - two of the bows a very good, the best one has a deep camber and is the longest of the lot. One bow, which seems to be the oldest in the lot, is very old and has some sort of metal reinforcement at the tip, but plays very well. The other two sticks seem well balanced, but a bit weak on my basses.

    I guess I'd say his bowmaking was, what? Idiosyncratic?? There's certainly not a lot of stylistic consistency. Reminds me a bit of Bob Swanson and his basses.

    Stoltenberg's email is in the link. He seems very accessible. Just say that Iwas talking about his bows and you'd like to try them out... Or wait till I'm done with this lot and I'll ask Denisa about passing them on to you. (The best one might be gone, though!) :)

    Louis
     
  6. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

    Dec 15, 2008
    I've sent him an email now, waiting for a reply. I have a feeling that my new bow will be a Prochownik, though.
     
  7. chris1125

    chris1125

    May 14, 2007
    I have also sent him an email. He was very quick to respond and he's going to send me some pictures. New proxhownicks are a bit out of my price range and a bit to ligh for my tastes, his entry level bows are less expensive, around $1200, correct?
     
  8. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

    Dec 15, 2008
    Prochownik's are $1,800.
     
  9. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not to hijack my own thread, but you might want to check out the String Emporium $900 bows... I've got one of their brazilwood bows as a back up bow in the office and it's very good. These might work for your budget.

    Louis
     
  10. chris1125

    chris1125

    May 14, 2007
    Thanks, I'll look into that. He said that he would see what he has bit if he doesn't have something he could finish a bow to my specs and make it affordable. He just sent most of his bows to isb for the covention but he has four sticks that are almost done.
     
  11. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Chris,

    Which "he" - Bob S, Steve K, or Mike P? Sorry. Thanks

    Louis
     
  12. chris1125

    chris1125

    May 14, 2007
    I contacted the email on Bobs website so I believe I am talking to Bob himself.
     
  13. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The bows were a little too idiosyncratic.... even for me. On the plus side, I did get to spend some time with Denisa Hannah (wife of the late drummer Jake Hannah) who is a friend of Bob's.

    Denisa, who worked at Stein on Vine for years, is setting up her own shop. She rehaired all the bows for Bob and does great work. She'll be doing repairs and rehairing on her own now.

    Anyone wants to get in touch with her let me know and I'll pass her contact info.

    Thanks

    Louis
     

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