CodaBow’s Jeff Van Fossen is changing the string world by synthesizing new sticks for violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists. Along with partners Stan Prosen and Roger Zabinski, the Princeton-trained mechanical and aerospace engineer channels his experience working with Formula One race cars and the space program into creating carbon fiber bows. Together, the team at CodaBow is working to engineer inconsistency out of bows and, in the process, make an elegantly manufactured product that increasingly delivers on the promise of an affordable tool that offers the responsiveness of a fine pernambuco bow. Van Fossen and his colleagues have found a viable alternative to the endangered wood of choice for bows. In short, making a consistent and responsive bow widely available may be the most revolutionary thing to happen to string playing since Francois Tourte crafted the first modern bow.
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