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I don't think I know enough to tell which is actually better. There's probably some criteria for that, and I'm too much of a noob to appreciate fine points.
But I liked the tone you were getting with the second one a bit better. To my ears the first one sounded maybe a bit more precise at some points, but there was a feel to what you were doing with the second one that was more of what I would consider fun or interesting.
i doubt that is a good quality evaluation though. Someone who plays as well as you could probably take a broken kite, wrap some of the string around one of the sticks and get a sound that would be enjoyable. LOL
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Thanks for the replies 🙂
Bow #1 is an octagonal lightweiht pernambuco bow, and bow # 2 is an Arcus M4.
I like the Arcus better for everything. Better tone, more responsive.
I should have said. The pernambuco is worth around £300, and the M4 at £700.
Pernambuco weighs 57 grams, M4 is 53grams. 🙂
Well, if it's light it's easy to make it heavier by pressure. Not so easy to lighten a heavy bow that way.
Thanks for the in-depth analysis, Denny! That's a very interesting comparison on the bows and violins.
Yes, sometimes I do have the feeling that the pernambuco bow can produce a better tone, but the Arcus seems to be more responsive and better suited to the odd stuff I play.
My violin is not expensive ($6000) but it's bench-made, to my exact requirements, by KC Strings, Kansas. I tried out the violin when I was teaching workdshops in Groton, MA, and I bought it and had it shipped over. (I live in England).
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