Below are a few testimonials from just some of my satisfied cutomers.
” Your bow sounds so fantastic, and plays like a masterful Tourte. Congratulations for your great craftsmanship and artistry. ”
– Daniel Kobialka, Principal Second Violinist of the San Francisco Symphony,
” The G.B. Hembree Viola bow has helped me
remarkably to obtain a true sound from my instrument.
It is firm when under pressure, light and responsive
when needed, and always adapts to different playing
styles. I have no hesitation in recommending this bow
to any (serious) professional musician.”
– Eamon McGloughlin, two-time Grammy Nominee and Grand Ole Opry staff fiddler,
” I’m just dropping you a note to thank you for making my son’s violin. The sound is bright but balanced. Alexander J. Boissonnault was on National Public Radio’s “From The Top.” He has performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic with the violin you made as well as in Italy as one of five international winners of the world Suzuki conference soloists. You can hear the nationally broadcast “From The Top” performance at the NPR section of NPR.org. Search for the performance broadcast from Lewiston, NY. Alex was the opening act. He now is a sophomore in the honors college at Indiana University studying with Alex Kerr, concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony. He was the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Netherlands for 10 years before moving to Indiana — a truly gifted teacher. I hope all is well with you. Best, Bruce”
– Bruce Boissonnault, father of Alexander Boissonnault, see Alex play on YouTube
“Two of my students went to visit Mr. Hembree’s bow shop on my recommendation, and both of them ended up purchasing his bows, which sound great and are beautifully crafted. I realized then that I had been wishing for a new bow for myself for quite some time, and found myself also trying several of his newest creations, one of which I promptly purchased! It is both beautiful to behold and also handles easily and produces a buttery sound with my Becker violin. I’m very happy with my Hembree bow and enjoyed purchasing it direct from it’s maker at a very reasonable price. It’s nice, too, that Mr. Hembree lives here in Houston, and helps me with the care and maintenance of my new bow.”
– Kaaren Fleisher, Orchestra Manager, Rice University Shepherd School of Music
“This is a lovely bow.”
– Tim Garland, First Violinist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra