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Oliver
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This site (below) offers an interesting bow with synthetic hair and I don't yet have enough information to know if this is good or bad.  But, one independent user reports much less bow noise when used on an electric violin and that alone deserves a second look for anybody with a piezo bridge.

http://www.incredibow.com/

Did anybody ever use one ?

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Note prices like $130 !  That's a lot less than $10,000  smile

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I've always wondered if these were good bows too. I almost got one once, but I decided to go with a bow I could try out in a music store that I knew was a good one. xD

I haven't heard of any reviews of the Incredibow.

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Don't really trust it. I have to remain open minded though. Would gladly test one though.exactly

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I've actually held one in my hands. It belongs to Kelly Thibedeaux, who you saw playing the Six Foot Fiddle. He had nothing but great things to say about it - he breaks bow hairs like a maniac and with the Incredibow he has had no breakage with lots of use over 2 years.

 

The sound is fabulous. His bow is the feather weight, which is quite light and the hair strip is narrower than my cheapy bows. The extra-thick grip is very comfortable to hold and inspired me to get a Bowmaster for my bow (the larger, non-slippery grip helps a lot with my double-jointed-ness and 8 bucks fits in the budget right now 😉 Kelly claims to use much less rosin and that the tension has remained perfect from day one.

 

I would buy one if I had the cash...

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WOW !

That report is VERY tempting and I don't think I can resist at those prices. 

Besides I have a good excuse for my wife being that the bow bugs have chewed up quite a few of my bows over the Summer.

Yeah, feels right !

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Oliver said:

WOW !

That report is VERY tempting and I don't think I can resist at those prices. 

Besides I have a good excuse for my wife being that the bow bugs have chewed up quite a few of my bows over the Summer.

Yeah, feels right !

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Oh, you needed an excuse to buy one? They have a pretty darned fabulous guarantee, too, if you need another reason wink And the colors! Yum!

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You have no mercy !

(I don't need a reason, just a good story.  I happen to have a new bow which came just last week and is still in the wrapping.  I guess I could say I will return that one because I don't like it (stick it in the closet) and then talk about an "upgrade" to the "real" bow that I need ( and deserve ).  Violin playing can get tricky but FM advises that we should look for ways to get things done

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Oliver said:

Violin playing can get tricky but FM advises that we should look for ways to get things done

LOL! If the bow sits in the closet long enough it becomes part of The Stash and is no longer New wink Works for me!

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Did I see it right that the bow arches the other direction (it's kind of like my bows for my Erhu)?

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pky said:

Did I see it right that the bow arches the other direction (it's kind of like my bows for my Erhu)?

It does, pky, but it feels totally natural in your hand and looks correct when playing.

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Thanks, CatMcCall.

i have wondered why violin bows arch toward the hair, because if they arch like the incredibow or Erhu bow, there would be more room for violinist to apply pressure on the bow for FF, FFF etc. (the Erhu bow arches that way because the bow hair goes between two strings). May be i should try my erhu bows on my violin and see how I like it.  

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Thanks, CatMcCall.

i have wondered why violin bows arch toward the hair, because if they arch like the incredibow or Erhu bow, there would be more room for violinist to apply pressure on the bow for FF, FFF etc. (the Erhu bow arches that way because the bow hair goes between two strings). May be i should try my erhu bows on my violin and see how I like it.  

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Bows have undergone quite a few changes over the years, and were in fact once built with the curve away from the hair. Modern playing techniques plus the evolution of the violin have influenced modern bow shapes. Let us know how  your Erhu bow works on your violin smile

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Ha, it works! my Erhu bows are much lighter, they are made of bamboo, so it's hollow. I only tried with my spare bow which is of worse quality of the two I have (less arch at the grip etc). It plays fine on my violin. However, as the grip is made for Erhu not for violin, i stuck my thumb between the hair and the stick, only after a few minutes my fingers were already tired of it:P I kind of like the light weight, but that might be what cause the tension on my hand. In addition, my Erhu bows seem to have less hair on them so the sound might be smaller. Any way, I wonder what would happen if I try a really good Erhu bow, which I don't have any, on a violin. 

 

Cat, Thanks for the link about bows.

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CatMcCall said:

I've actually held one in my hands. It belongs to Kelly Thibedeaux, who you saw playing the Six Foot Fiddle. He had nothing but great things to say about it - he breaks bow hairs like a maniac and with the Incredibow he has had no breakage with lots of use over 2 years.

 

The sound is fabulous. His bow is the feather weight, which is quite light and the hair strip is narrower than my cheapy bows. The extra-thick grip is very comfortable to hold and inspired me to get a Bowmaster for my bow (the larger, non-slippery grip helps a lot with my double-jointed-ness and 8 bucks fits in the budget right now 😉 Kelly claims to use much less rosin and that the tension has remained perfect from day one.

 

I would buy one if I had the cash...

This makes me want to get one now! If only I had the cash.

Hmm.. I just thought of something. My high school orchestra is a playing a song from The Incredibles. I wonder if an Incredibow would work good for that? LOL laugh

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Maybe this is what I need.  No more violin sissy stuffafro

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He needs a lesson on bow technique. roflol

Have you tried it yet MGN? I've seen it done a few times. Thanks for the post.devil-violin

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I think Oliver wants to be another Jimi Hendrix

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i have been thinking about this:

if we change the bridges on guitar and all those Hu instruments, people would be able to play on them like they play violin, viola, cello, or double bass with different holding postures. Seriously I have been thinking about makind a bridge with arch for my Erhu and see if i could play without having bow hair between the strings, that way, I probably could have more strings on it, too, like three or four.

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