"Think you've had clumsy moments?" Nah, it takes a millionaire to screw up something that badly.
"When he was just 14 years old, the German-born prodigy was the youngest ever artist to be signed up by Deutsche Grammophon. At the age of four his father gave him a violin, and by the age of eight, he had a management team and was playing solo with of the world's leading orchestras. Later, he moved to New York to study, supplementing his student grant by modelling."
"The repair bill is expected to cost around £60,000, but a spokeswoman for the musician speculated that this could run into millions, with no guarantee that it was even possible."*
"In May 2006, a Stradivarius known as The Hammer set an auction record when it was sold for $3.54m (£1.8m).
Garrett declined to say how much he had paid for his violin when he purchased it 'six or seven' years ago."
Finding the right bow can be equally as challenging as finding the right instrument. Because each bow has a different spectrum of response, better instruments will respond differently to various bows. The way a bow feels and sounds is based upon stiffness, strength, weight and balance. [...] Look for a bow that has both the sound and responsiveness that you want. As with purchasing an instrument, you must take into account the skill and budget of the player, and then look for a bow that is appropriate for the instrument. Plan on spending roughly between one quarter and one half the value of the instrument on your bow. This rule of thumb is very rough and does not hold up with instruments that are very expensive antiques. In general, pernambuco bows start around $300 and go up to tens of thousands of dollars if they are vintage bows. Contemporary bows by name makers sell for approximately $1,500 to $5,000.
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