Fiddles and Bows
People often want to know about my instruments and bows. My main fiddle (photo below) was made in 2011 by Thomas Sparks in Bloomington, Indiana, and my bow in 2008 by Morgan Andersen of Rosalia, Washington. I also have an especially fine sounding 1925 Ernst Heinrich Roth that I usually keep tuned down to C. I feel lucky to have these great fiddles and bows, a dream come true after years of seeking. A friend of mine once said to me, "Why do you keep trying to find a better fiddle? You always just sound like yourself no matter what instrument you're playing." I finally have the answer for him... when you get your hands on a really great fiddle it's a lot easier to sound like yourself.


Thomas Sparks violon