How to choose between many bows
February 9, 2020 at 12:20 AM #81881
I found the best video for how to choose a bow that fits best with your violin and yourself very helpful video I’m personally impressed , I will use this lesson in the future at a bow shop !
February 9, 2020 at 12:33 AM #81884BlockFourParticipant
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That was interesting. Thank you for sharing!February 9, 2020 at 1:03 AM #81885John (BGD)Keymaster
Great link, Steve!February 9, 2020 at 2:16 AM #81887fiddlewoodParticipant
interesting, but most of the biggest differences I heard seemed to be when he played a different distance from the bridge.
Very hard to tell though with my crappy computer speaker. I might have to try going through this again with headphones and see what I hear.February 9, 2020 at 7:28 AM #81888cricketParticipant
Thanks for the link, Steve. I’ll be amazed if I ever run across a store where I can look at fiddle stuff in person…lol. I’ve had to just order whatever has been affordable online…so…well I am pretty happy with the stuff I’ve got for now. But I don’t feel I know much about what I’m looking for unless I can pick up an instrument and try for myself, which never happens here except with guitars. Thanks for the link…good to know what it is we are looking for, either way.February 9, 2020 at 7:54 AM #81890
Dave I have 10 bows , a lot of cheap bows 8 from $50.00 to $100.00 and two that came with my violin I bought from Kennedy violins that are in the $200.00 to $300.00 range two of the eight are wood bows , one is fiberglass , seven are carbon fiber , So for fun I am going to go through them carefully and see using that technique , maybe I will get surprised , the two most expensive are both Coda Bows a prodigy and a diamond NX , I have been using the carbon fiber Coda Bows just because they cost more , But soon after using this system I will report back with what I think , good , bad or ugly !
February 9, 2020 at 5:49 PM #81898FrederickParticipant
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I’m interested in conducting a test on the 5 bows that I have here with me in Arkansas….(but I already think my Tourte will win. lol)February 9, 2020 at 6:44 PM #81899
Well Fred , let me know I will do my stuff Monday or TuesdayFebruary 10, 2020 at 1:53 AM #81926fiddlewoodParticipant
Steve & Fred, that’s neat that you can do that with the ones you own!I only have one bow so I’m stuck just comparing fiddlesFebruary 10, 2020 at 9:12 PM #81945
Well I narrowed the best four out of 10 bows , One is a cheap wood bow with no name , then a $70.00 Fiddleman bow , then a $300.00 Codabow prodigy and final the $380.00 CodaBow Diamond NX , The wood bow does not even have a name on it but it can go head to head with all of them , There’s not a real noticeable difference between any of the finial four on sound , So now I will spend a week playing all of the top four to see if I favor one more than the others , So it pays to test a lot of bows at a dealer cause some of the cheaper bows are as good , However the Codabow Diamond NX has been played everyday for a long time and had been slipping and I cleaned the hair with Alcohol this week and rosined it , but I think it’s due for a rehair , The other bows had been sitting unused and still new so not sure if the comparison is fair !February 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM #81958FrederickParticipant
I have five bows here at the house with me. They are 1: carbon fiber bow that I paid $180.00 for many years ago in Osceola at the New York State Fiddler’s Museum; 2: is an aluminum bow made by Heddon for Gibson in 1941; 3: is my Weichold bow that I’ve had forever; 4: is my Tourte bow; and 5: is the latest bow that I was given and can’t read the name that’s stamped in shaft above the frog.
I played half a scale ascending and descending on the E string, then switched bows until all 5 were played. Then I switched to the A string and did the same exact thing. Then the D string and finally the G string.
Here are the results:
1: Heddon Aluminum bow
2: Tourte bow
3: Weichold bow
4: Bow name ending in “and”
5: Carbon fiber bow
My wife took the test with me and we both agreed on every bow.
The surprise was that the aluminum bow won out over the Tourte. That was a BIG surprise.
Earlier, I had offered someone my Heddon bow for $300.00. He almost bought it but backed out. No way now. Not for sale for that price. lolFebruary 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM #81959
Thanks Fred for doing the review I too was surprised and will never buy another bow without comparing first ! So happy Heddon fiddle playing !
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