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Same stokes on different bows
Three different bows, one well-known Scots song.
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Peter
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Here I present my three bows, each with very different characteristics. More detail in the video description, but I must say I prefer the third one.

Peter

"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less"  - William of Ockham

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great

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@Peter and others.  Sounds like you were tiring toward the end but I liked the sound of the third bow the best.  You might want to investigate adding separation between the strings on the finger board.  

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Irv said
@Peter and others.  Sounds like you were tiring toward the end but I liked the sound of the third bow the best.  You might want to investigate adding separation between the strings on the finger board.  

  

@Irv - Yes, I had trouble with the DI cable, and this was my eighth take. I'm slowly gaining confidence in my playing, and my joy at hearing this freshly-re-haired bow spurred me to make my forum debut with this video. I'm a very shy player, and even a recording like this gives me an unreasonable amount of anxiety.

The separation of the strings is based on that of the antique fiddle, and only having that as a reference, advice such as yours is very valuable. The fingerboard is unusually narrow at the bridge end; this is through personal choice and great zeal with the hand-grinder. The electric fiddle has evolved a little since the photos I took a few weeks ago. I have shaved off some weight from the main beam under the bridge end of the fingerboard and alongside the amplifier. I felt it was too heavy, and much of the wood was unnecessary from an acoustic viewpoint. The modifications have worked.

Oh, for the avoidance of doubt, the topic title should read "Same strokes on different bows."

Peter

"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less"  - William of Ockham

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great

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