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What should be the next bow upgrade?
I currently use the Holstein Ipe Wood Bow, and I am looking to upgrade.
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September 7, 2021 - 9:49 am
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@JohnG - Sorry about that. You mentioned both and I thought that you owned both a viola and violin. My bad!!!

So, in this case, 70 grams is kind of the average weight of a viola bow. Same questions though. Do you have any specific criteria in mind?

Looking for a high quality pernambuco bow, or a carbon fiber bow? Not sure if we talked about your budget for the bow either.

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September 7, 2021 - 7:37 pm
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@Fiddlerman - I don't have much of a budget, to answer one of your questions. But the bigger one is I cannot tell how much, if any, of my poorer sound is bow or string problems and how much is of my own making. I suppose what I really need to do is go somewhere and try a proven bow and string combination and see if what I hear is the same, worse, or better.

My thought is that if the equipment is not proper, then I will have a devil of time improving.

The old curmudgeon!


September 8, 2021 - 10:13 am
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John, do you know any violinists or violists? If so get them to play your viola with your bow and see how it sounds, and ask them what they think, of your gear.

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September 8, 2021 - 11:18 am
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John, we do have in-home trials for this reason.

Regardless, one always has a 45 day satisfaction warranty with us on instruments and bows.

As for the strings, you would just have to go by peoples recommendations and hope you find something pleasing.

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