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New Acquisition... a 5-string Octave Viola. An octave below my 5-string violin. I think I'm in love
For the time being I am using my Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber bow, tightened more than normal and with added pressure.
Question is, should I go for a Viola bow (the fiddlerman CF viola bow of course) or a Cello bow?
and, here's what it sounds like:
Love the tone. Quite a range. According to this ( http://www.musiccenters.com/dem.html ) the cello bow is shorter than the viola bow. Are you looking for a weight difference or what?
Well, I admit it was a feeble attempt at House of the Rising Sun near the end of the clip just playing by ear and not playing well but still fun.
As far as the bow goes, I don't know enough to know exactly what I'm looking for. All I know is that with the violin bow I have to make it pretty tight and apply quite a bit of pressure constantly.
Ok, pure guess work here. You are looking at about a 1" difference in length between the 3 types of bows on average. Starting at an average of about 60g for a violin bow add about 10g more for each step up in styles. Add in differences in ribbon width in the hair on the bows. Adds more hairs also. Hmm, makes for even more questions. Maybe adding more weight to your violin bow say in 5 gram increments until you find something you like. Nothing permanent just something stuck on with painters tape or something like that. Spread the weight out evenly. Might work as far as the weight difference but not the width of the ribbon if that effects the sound? Maybe go to a nearby fiddle shop (if you have one) and check out some different bows there. Good luck figuring it out.
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