Magazine article Strings

All about My Gear

Magazine article Strings

All about My Gear

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STRINGS: I'm a huge fan of Pirastro strings. Right now I use Pirastro Flat-Chromesteel rope-core strings on the Italian bass and Pirastro Original Flexocor strings on the French bass. I have low-C extensions on my instruments, made and installed by Robertsons & Sons.

BOWS: I have many bows, but I use two bows the most: one by Sue Lipkins and another by Jean Grunberger. I use both bows in the orchestra and always use the Lipkins for my solo playing. Sue finished my most recent bow right before my concerto debut with the CSO last December, and it worked beautifully for the performance.

The Lipkins has an incredibly strong, pure, clean, and beautiful tone. The Grunberger has a very loud, punchy, and growly sound. I think of the Lipkins as my BMW M3 and the Grunberger as my Harley Davidson. I also own a Vigneron, a DeLuccia, a Reid Hudson, a Fuchs, and a German-style bow by Les Korus. …

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