Mondo Musica NYC 2014

imageI’ve been in New York City over the last few days to attend the second annual Mondo Musica International Strings Trade Show and Seminar. Located in a humid basement space in crowded, touristy Soho, the show is comprised of makers, dealers, and suppliers who have paid to be present.

We browsed thru the different booths and met a few bow makers including the Nehr brothers from France, Joe Regh, and Eric Gagne from Canada. The American Federation of American Violin and Bow Makers was also present with a load of instruments and bows by some some of their members. We purchased a nice Pedi 2-bow case from the folks at Nova Strings. You can see a complete listing of all the exhibitors at:

http://www.mondomusicanewyork.com/module-mContent-view_pagelayout-id_pagelayout-76.phtml

On Thursday, Isaac Salchow gave a good talk called The Bows of Eugene Sartory. Bill Salchow was on hand to watch his nephew (he nodded off later in the lecture). Isaac is working on a Sartory book (publishing date unknown) and went thru the history of the maker’s craftsmanship using branded exhibition bows as a chronological guide. The short talk included slides and a discussion of Satory’s construction and stylistic approaches. Keep an eye out for the book because there really isn’t a good, complete reference book on Sartory believe it or not.

Friday morning, we headed up to 250 W. 54th Street to inspect the bows for Tarisio’s May auction. I’ve written a complete essay on auctions and after seeing numerous condition issues on some of the bows I examined I can only warn you to always carefully look at each item you plan on bidding on as well as ask to read a condition report. It’s up to you to do your due diligence. Please read the following from the Tarisio website under “Condition Report” near the bottom of the page.

https://www.tarisio.com/pages/about/cat_practice.php

Next we head up to Boston for the Skinners musical instrument auction. Hopefully we will find some great inventory to bring back to Chicago!

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