Cellist of the Brentano String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music
"I have known Isaac Salchow for over 20 years, starting from the time I was a student. One could say that my friendship with Isaac has directly informed my musical journey. It is through my numerous visits and countless conversations over the years that I am stubbornly admitting one's bow is just as integral as one's instrument to their musical identity. Isaac's knowledge and patience- as he has answered my questions and generously lent me bows- has informed me as a musician as well as stretched me to articulate my reactions with regard to sound production and my ability to create various colors on my instrument. Isaac has always been curious regarding my reactions to a bow and how it pushes my musical journey. He and his shop are always wanting to hear feedback on a bow or a rehair and I have always felt that they value what I have to say. When it came to purchasing the bow I currently play on, I also felt that he allowed me more than ample time to get to know my bow- rehearsing and playing concerts with it. His advice during this anxious/thrilling time as I made this financial leap was sound, patient and extremely practical. I love my bow. It has inspired a renewed curiosity in my music making and I am so grateful to Isaac and his shop for helping me find such a perfect match for me.Even though it has been over 3 years ago, I still feel like a kid in a candy shop of musical colors!Thank you, Salchow and Sons Bowmakers!"