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
Most everyone on the forum knows about my 'obsession' with analysis and testing on my 90 yr old German violin as well as other members instruments. I've been moving the bridge, shortening and lengthening the tailpiece gut and of course making new bridges as well and have a good baseline for testing other stuff now.
OK, I know I can't just throw out a graph of my violin without one of his … so here's an analysis page of Jims' violin and his 2 bows for comparison.
I think the first bow is the best sounding one… and the analysis shows it's the one that makes the most sound with his violin.
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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