Because I test everything I sell, I took out the A. Breton 114 bow I just got in. And I said “well this one is mine, I am keeping it”. Yes, it is that good. How long have I been searching for a cheap bow that does not feel or sound like a cheap bow? Maybe for ever, because that is how long I have been beating up my bows!
For a long time I have heard two opposing opinions within myself. One says “You love to play, yes, but your bow technique is so weak! Why spend money on a bow? It’s a waste!” Another says “You love to play, but your bow technique is so weak! It is time to stop playing with $20 bows and learn to use the bow!”
Personally, I am not going to go out and buy the bow of my dreams from a master maker, although I would love to. (Although, if I could spend some time with a master maker and learn to make sweet bows, that would be even better!) I do not have the funds, and honestly, I do not have the bow technique make it justifiable.
But I have the A. Breton 114. And I am keeping one (or a few) for personal use. (Again, because I play rock, and I teach school, so I beat on them!)
And this bow feels so good that maybe I hope it is the bow to take my technique to the next level. Of course, I would rather dream that I am a virtuoso player who would use a bow like this one every day for my practice bow!