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Snakewood bow?
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NoirVelours
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I know about carbon, brazilian wood and pernambuco bows. but snakewood? Ok yes it's beautiful but where do the snakewood fits in terms of flexibility and all? Is it better then brazilwood or cheaper? Looking for more info please beg because I saw a 60g snakewood baroque bow that attracts me a lot.

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I took a look at some of the snakewood baroque bows and they are vry nice looking. I don't have any experience with them though. Do you plan on playing baroque violin?

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Yes, baroque music pieces when I get the experience for that and on a baroque violin in a couple years when I get a job lol.

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My understanding from reading and listening a lot is that Brazil is running out of Pernambuco wood to make bows and of course they aren't running out of demand for violin bows so an alternative wood that has those characteristics is required.

Snakewood, Ironwood, Brazilwood, etc. are all alternatives for the slowing disappearing Pernambuco wood. I personally think Carbon Fiber is one of the best "woods" to make a bow from, LOL, and I don't think it's on the endangered species list either.

Many sites that sell violins and bows etc. will be a great source of info on the various woods and their comparison qualities to Pernambuco.

In addition to this site, you might post your question on the violinist.com web board and see what the professional players and mfg have to say.

Of course you will need to report your findings back here for the rest of us. exactly

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Ok I read a bit more about this, mostly on bow luthier websites and historical stuff (found some really interesting things about Bach and chords vs arpeggios). Kevin you are right, baroque bows are typically made from snakewood who is more stiff and dense then pernambuco. The frog is sometimes made of ivory. Since I'm not interested in light and airy italian style classical music (not that I could play it now anyway lol) I think I could go right away with a baroque bow and get used to it!

The violin baroque bow is played very differently though, with the thumb under the frog (german bow hold) to apply more or less tension on the hair (the hair extend all the way under the frog). Overall a very low tension bow you could make chords silmultaneously on the 4 strings with it!

Dennis, there seem to be carbone made baroque bow too! Looks like carbon is the ecological way to go.

Check the hair of the bow at the bottom.

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