Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I have been comissioned by Tom Kerr of Fantastic Musical Instruments in Pasadena CA to start work on a new style microphone holder for the double bass.
It is going to be exciting work!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

NAMM Show 2012

I went to the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center last weekend and saw many old friends and met some new ones as well.   Will post photos soon.

Friday, January 27, 2012

My article in the Los Angeles Violoncello Society Newsletter

I was asked to write this article for the Los Angeles Violoncello Society Newsletter and thought it would be of interest to you.

Luthier's Notes....Hints and How to's
Since I have been asked to do an article, I have been thinking about what the string musician should know about their instrument's health.

I have worked on many "star" players over the years and have come to the conclusion that they spend so much of their time playing their instrument and forget to do regular maintenance that could keep them from seeing me, resulting in time away from their instrument and costly repairs.

Let's just start small.  When you open the case, what is the first thing you do? Think about this.  Do you pick up the instrument and look to make sure the bridge hasn't moved?  Do you make sure the sound post in still where it should be? Did you loosen your bow properly so the camber will remain strong?  Are there loose bow hairs, or hairs falling out of the bow?

Before you even start to tune the instrument, you should consider these questions.

It is very common for the bridge to move while the instrument is in the case. The bridge should be set so the middle of the "feet" are even with the notches on the inside of the F-Holes. You know, those little "v's" that you see. Then, if your fingerboard is in the correct place, the bridge should be centered when you sight from the scroll down, while the strings are on.  It is really easy, try it! If the bridge has moved DON'T hit it or use all your strength to move it....gently try to move it. If it doesn't budge, lower the tuning a half step, (this is so pressure is still on the table and the sound post won't fall) and try again.

The sound post is a tricky part of your instrument. It is its heart, and where it is placed matters tremendously!  If it has fallen, don't mess with it. Loosen the strings and take it to a luthier.  If you try to tune may get a sound post crack and ruin its value.

The camber, or bend, of your bow is crucial to your control and if you put it away without loosening it, you will eventually lose camber and this is another expensive procedure that takes a qualified bowmaker.

Loose bow hairs in your case means MITES!  These are hungry little bugs that LOVE to eat your bow hair.  If you do have this problem, remove everything from your case, vacuum it out, and put a small piece of mothball or cedar chips in the little rosin compartment.  All will be well!

More tips to come......

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Interview with Denisa

Here's an interview I did about my work for the NAMM Oral History Project

Welcome to Denisa's Le Bowtique

Welcome to my new page where you can find information about my business, Denisa's Le Bowtique.

I am a skilled bowmaker with many years of experience rehairing, repairing and creating bows for a range of instruments.

All my bow repairs and rehairs are done in the centuries-old traditional French style, with no alteration of the maker's design. I do not use nails, screws, or glue for rehairing.

My prices are very competitive and 24 hour turnaround can be arranged for all rehair work. Pickup and delivery services are available.

One of my original bass bows