Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Check out the “Let it Snow” Xmas 2020 Group youtube project!”

Please consider registering
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Glasser X Series Bow - Viola
Does it help the sound?
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Vermont, Massachusetts or somewhere in between

February 2, 2015 - 1:22 pm
Member Since: November 2, 2014
Forum Posts: 450
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

In error, but without regrets I purchased the Glasser X Series bow for Viola. I submit here, a video of a simple octave for comparison. Feel free to comment on my intonation, but my main hope is for your impression of the sound difference between the two bows (if any). Does a $125 dollar bow make any difference from a $45 dollar bow? I know which is which so please offer your opinion. Thanks

Christine (moonlitday)
PEI, Canada
February 13, 2015 - 6:23 pm
Member Since: October 13, 2014
Forum Posts: 32
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

You seem to have a slightly stronger sound with the second bow, if that helps any. Which one *feels* better, more comfortable to play with? Which one is easier for you to control?


I know there was a HUGE difference in comfort and playability between my cheap brazilwood $35 bow and my FM Carbon Fibre Bow (I know, I know, not the Glasser, but carbon fibre and more expensive - close to $100cdn with tax and shipping and exchange). The CF bow just felt lighter, less heavier in the tip, less bouncy - just an absolute delight to play on as opposed to my horrid brazilwood cheapie. I didn't notice a sound difference, it just made playing more enjoyable. 

Ponta Grossa, Paraná - Brazil

February 13, 2015 - 7:03 pm
Member Since: November 19, 2012
Forum Posts: 229
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

As moonlitday said, you sound a bit stronger with the second bow. It does sound better, IMO.

Skype: augustoad Email: augustoaguieiras@hotmail.com Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)


February 13, 2015 - 11:37 pm
Member Since: October 23, 2014
Forum Posts: 36
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

It's very close, at least with my computer speakers, but I'd have to go with the second bow being the more expensive. 

Brora, North-east Scotland
February 14, 2015 - 3:33 am
Member Since: March 22, 2014
Forum Posts: 3589
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I've listened six times - and (to me) it is very subjective.  I "get the impression" that the first bow *seems* to have a greater "attack" on a note change (in the sense of "attack and decay" ( I hate the usage of attack, it means so many different things ).  My better-half here thought the second was "not as mellow" as the first - but - she only listened once through.   I have no particular preference, but, I'm going to listen again through decent speakers, and, (because there is no hope for me at all) I'll capture it in Audacity and look at the wave form spectra....   (which will be JUST as subjective as listening, but I'm just curious).  I'll post the results of the investigation later !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 81
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
Today Fiddlerman
Upcoming estudy, vitthal36, DD, Bismarck, augustoad, Space., Mirrim9999, loveluach, reedc83, ELCBK
Top Posters:
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2680
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
damfino: 1992
ELCBK: 1988
Kevin M.: 1971
cdennyb: 1815
TerryT: 1728
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 27476
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 75
Topics: 9054
Posts: 112591
Newest Members:
MrsWally, wofolehe, DJ Thomas Heath, skater51, morsegarrett, tomkauda
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15449, KindaScratchy: 1757, coolpinkone: 4180, BillyG: 3589, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 3004