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This one was predictable, wasn't it!
I ask because I have a guilty confession to make to @Fiddlerman
I bought a Stentor Conservatoire II outfit. I dithered a lot and was afraid to have something shipped across the Atlantic, and then I decided I had to stop dithering and jump in and then upgrade in two years' time. But perhaps I should upgrade the bow first so that I have a spare. I definitely want a carbon bow, but the FM CF isn't a real upgrade (not in terms of price, although it may be an upgrade in terms of quality), so I don't know how much to spend or what upgrade path to follow - some paths could lead to having too many bows.
How many bows do you own?
- One and a spare
- I own Fiddlershop, lol!
- Just the one
It will be interesting to see how many people claim to own Fiddlershop, lol!
P.S. If you own more than 5 bows, it's OK to claim you own Fiddlershop - I have! (my bad)
I answered 2. I have one that came with the violin I purchased 18 years ago. I is stamped with J. Martin and I think it is a beginner wood bow. I like it but it doesn't have good tension anymore so I ordered a FM CF bow to see what that is like. I should have it soon and looking forward to trying it out.
Andrew Fryer said
Someone answered rather quickly. Coincidentally, it's the same as the answer I gave for how many rosin cakes do you own, so I hope that's not a forum bug!
- 'twas I !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Voted "one and a spare" because I have two violin bows and two viola bows. Again, note that my viola is is my main instrument and I switched to it almost completely within 2 years after starting violin. My backup viola bow cost about as much as both of my violin bows combined.
Primary viola bow: C.F. Iesta hybrid bow, their top of the line. Cost me $520, compared favorably to wood bows I tested that were up to $2500. (When I went shopping for it, I expected to spend $1500-2000.)
Spare viola bow: $250 wood bow, basically an intermediate-level student bow. I actually prefer it for Baroque music because, if held above the frog, the weight distribution resembles a Baroque bow.
Violin bows: both student-level bows, one $150 and the other $100. The $100 bow was the first one I bought (was the cheapest in the shop I went to after I inherited my great-uncle's violin without a bow), and I upgraded to a slightly better bow a few years later when an orchestra I was playing in had too many violas and asked me to switch back to violin for a year.
Can't stop laughing. Good thing I checked it out.
I can't quite tell from what you say if the responder was you or someone else.
I did mess that poll up badly - even I now own 6 bows, although at least 3 of them are fit for the trash.
I should either have asked everyone with more than 5 bows to say they owned Fiddlershop, or I should have added one more category.
I haven't answered yet. I'm going to claim to own Fiddlershop too. That might give people the hint.