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Buying a new bow
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Sharpie443
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May 5, 2016 - 7:04 pm
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Hello.

I'm new to playing the violin but I think I need a new bow. The one I have came with the violin and it is clearly very cheap. The violin it's self was only $250 but I looked up the bow and it's a bottom of the line starter bow.

I went to look at new ones and was a bit socked to see many of them going for hundreds of dollars. Five hundred did not seem all that uncommon. The range seems to go from $11-$100 and then jumps to $400-$1000.

Obviously I will not be buying a $500 bow to play a $250 violin any time soon but I do need a good one to learn on. Is there one anyone can recommend in the $50-$150 dollar range?

Also just out of curiosity. What do you really get out of an $800 bow? I imagine there is a diminishing rate of return on how much you spend on a bow.

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May 5, 2016 - 8:47 pm
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Hey, welcome to the forum!

 

Have you considered trying a carbon fiber bow?  Fiddler man offers one for i think under $70; i have one and it's a pretty nice bow.  I was playing on a cheap wooden bow which was just awful but like you didn't want to shell out lots of money for a better bow to play a cheaper violin.  The carbon fiber one is nice and light, has good response and is reasonably priced.  

 

Having said that, i will at some point in the future be looking for a wooden bow bt for now i like what i've got.  

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