It’s Incredibow!

Well, yes, it is – even if it is a stupid name!

I first saw one of these at a Chandos rehearsal. The lady who owned it was delighted with it and I was interested because I have arthritis in my thumbs and it weighs half what my normal bow weighs.

So I found this place, Dance of Delight, on the net, contacted them and they agreed to order one for me to try. They offer a full refund if you decide to return it within 60 days.

The day after I acquired this bow, I emailed them to say “Cash the cheque, there’s no way I’m sending this back!”

It is light – it’s made from carbon fibre. It’s comfortable to hold, the sound is very clear, my hand aches less, my shoulder aches less and when I played a selection of four bows to my family, they all preferred the sound this one made. The tension is always the same – great for kids who never remember to undo their bows when they’ve finished playing! And at a quarter of the cost of a reasonable bottom-end-of-the-market cello bow, it’s a great option for those on a tight budget.

I didn’t expect to like playing with a bow not made from wood and horse-hair. I’ve been converted. Yes, I might well use a conventional bow as well and will certainly carry one with me, but as far as I can see, this will be my bow of choice.

I wonder when they’ll start making double basses out of carbon fibre so that I can carry it myself…

Published in: on July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jack and Jill Update 2

“It is an infringement of Copyright to copy by hand or on blackboard, to print or duplicate, by any process whatever or to make lantern slides of any portion of Words or Music of this Copyright Song without written permission of the Publishers. Legal action will be taken against offenders.”

I have it! It arrived this morning by pdf.

I managed to track down the publishers, who still exist in Sydney, got their permission by email, sent that to the Australian Library and, for the princely sum of $13.95, they sent me a copy.

Unfortunately, as you see above, fascinating in itself, it is very much bound up in copyright law, so I have now removed the words from the February 11th blog.

So – my heartfelt thanks to Carol in Liverpool for picking it up and pointing me in the right direction, J. Albert & son, the publishers, for granting permission, The Australian National Library for tracking it down and sending it to me and, most of all, thanks to the wonderful Internet, without which none of this would have been possible.

PS – I haven’t told my mother yet – a surprise to come!

Published in: on July 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment