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Jonathan Ward, adult beginner:
I borrowed a cello from a friend and figured the bow holding issue would probably be biggest obstacle to making the instrument work properly.
I'm a guitar, mandolin, mandola and mandocello picker (and luthier) who has no experience with a bowed instrument.
Long story short, I installed the Cellophant on the bow today, rosined it up, and produced good tone immediately.
What a great device!
I also bought Bow Hold Buddies for use with the 19th-century family violin, so installing those is next.
Great designs. Excellent packaging, too.
It's very gratifying to find a product that is so well-conceived and works perfectly.
PPS - Now if I can just find a cello with frets, we'll be set.
Mimi Sinclair, Therapist: Instant success with bow hold buddies!
As a violinist and music therapist, I specialize in working with children with special needs. Two of my students struggled so with the traditional bow grip that I basically gave up trying to fix it. When I introduced the bow hold buddies, it was like a miracle! Not only were their grips improved, but they also recognized they had finally achieved success. Thank you!
Frank Torchia, Elementary String Orchestra Teacher:
I love your product, they work great.
I just started to give them to all the students that are still struggling holding the bow and the difference is amazing.
Jens Byskov Jensen, Violinist & Teacher, Denmark:
Last summer, I asked the music school where I teach (Kolding Musikskole) to purchase some of your bow buddies for violin.
I was curious and wanted to try them on some of my beginners.
Just want to let you know that I think they are great, perfectly shaped, and fun.
I believe they really do help students get a proper grip on the bow.
Heather Gonzalez, Orchestra Director, Rayburn Middle School:
Thanks for such a great product!!!
** Practice…only on the days you eat! **
Martin, Cellist :
I love the CelloPhant!!
What a great idea.
I definitely recommend them to my beginners.
Dasha Hlavenka, Violinist:
After I broke my wrist - needing surgery which attached my shattered radius together with a plate and 9 screws - I received the Bow Hold Buddies 3 weeks after the accident.
Two weeks later I was back with the Arizona Opera to perform the production of Madame Butterfly.
Deirdre Ann Nutter, teacher: This is one of my students (age 5, 1/8 size violin) with your nifty device!
Becky, Violin Teacher:
I found out about the bow hold buddies at a music convention a year ago.
Two of my students in particular were having a difficult time with their bow hold and I had them try using bow hold buddies.
The older student (middle school) began playing the violin last year and started used a bow hold buddy about 2 months into playing.
After a few months he weaned off the big piece and kept using the fish to help his pinky.
He is now playing without the bow hold buddy and his bow hold is among the best of all my students.
It worked great!
The younger student (1st grade) is still using his bow hold buddy. His bow hold is great.
We could probably wean him off it, but it's more comfortable for him this way and I don't see a problem letting him continue using it longer.
I would highly recommend the bow hold buddies.
The bow hold buddies help the fingers stay in place for a proper (and very comfortable and natural) bow hold.
Yes, every hand is a little different, but the bow hold buddies seem to provide enough flexibility to account for this. All my students have tried the bow hold buddies and loved them! (but only 2 used them long-term). Sometimes the bow hold buddies had to be adjusted to better fit a hand, but it was quick and simple to do this.
Jason DePue, Philadelphia Orchestra: I am impressed by these inventions which assist students in learning how to hold the violin bow properly!
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