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I am sure someone has probably already asked this, but I could not find a previous discussion. So sorry if I am repeating a previous thread.
In discussion at the music shop I was told that your bow should cost about 10% the value of your violin. I found this comment odd. I understand that bows are made from different materials such as plastics, wood and even carbon and that can make a difference on the sensitivity or how much bow pressure you need.
But I still don't understand what to look for in a quality bow. I mean I don't play that well (YET!) But I tried a $40 bow and then they gave me a $250 bow to try and I did not really notice any different. I currently am using a cheap plastic bow and have been looking to upgrade to go with my new old violin and just don't really know where to start and just using the 10% rule just didn't seem like a good way to choose a bow. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
I have never heard of a plastic bow, maybe you mean fiberglass? I started out with an inexpessive bow and then purchased a carbon fiber bow. I made a great difference. I don't think you will notice any difference when you first start but shortly after a good bow will make a big difference to you. Price doesn't really mean much though. FM was selling carbon fiber bows that were real good bows and worth much more than he was selling them for. I den't believe in any corrolation between violin price and bow price except matbe if you have a $3000.00 violin and a $25.00 bow or a $3000.00 bow and a $25.00 violin.
You are probably right and it is fiberglass, it just looks like plastic.
In regards the bow. I didn't understand how the corelation made a difference either, except to be able to give folks an idea of where to start looking. But Honestly I do not know what to look for in bow that would make it better than another.
Is it weight? I saw one ladvertised that said 7 count? Is that a reference to something inparticular? Then I see all over things like Silver this and gold that. but that really doesn't seem to affect the way a bow would play. So I am still confused on what I should be looking for.
I think basically you want a bow that feels right to you and balanced in your hand. You want it to have a good curve to it. A lot of cheap bows, when the hairs are loose they don't touch the stick and they should.
I do agree with BC Shalom, wait until January and Fiddlerman should be selling more of the carbon fiber bows.
Yeah, FM me too, it is just great, I can see some of what your talking about now. I work on my bowing and scales a lot and now what to concentrate on learning sheet music.
The bows are worth waiting for, after you have used it for a while you will see what FM is saying. Threy are really great.
Yep! My teacher already made an allusion that i may had a good bow =).. My bank card will be ready in a week so i hope to order that bow... and cap.. and wonder maybe there will be some peg compound in the FiddlerMan's Shop
... and bridge... and tuning fork 443 Hz (i saw 440 only) and strings (i saw there's LOTS of them )... aaaand... (tell me when it'll become annoying) rubber mute? i didn't find it yet there
Yes, "Hill Peg Compound" for about $10 🙂
I haven't uploaded the main feed yet because it is SOOOOO long and I have another 50 hours or so to work on it. The only one I uploaded is the D'Addario feed which contains a lot of other stuff as well but not all that much for bowed strings.:-(
It takes endless hours to enter products. Who knew? ;-0
Hmmm. Seems alot of work You have with this shop!
Well I just placed my order for your Carbon Bow. Looks Good in the Photo's but it is hard to see the logo.
Here is the link if anyone else wants to see or is intersted.
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