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Glasser X Series Bow - Viola
Does it help the sound?
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Vermont, Massachusetts or somewhere in between

February 2, 2015 - 1:22 pm
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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
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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
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As moonlitday said, you sound a bit stronger with the second bow. It does sound better, IMO.

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February 13, 2015 - 11:37 pm
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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
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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 !

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