Does an awesome bow matter?
April 22, 2012 at 1:50 AMHey everyone just a simple question: Does a better bow help you play better?
One day i tried my friend's teacher's bow (super expensive) and it was a miracle to play on - perfect balance and such handling! Its like it was suddenly a tad bit easier to do paganini #9 (now don't get me wrong that stroke is hard for me)
I currently use a codabow diamond gx, and would my playing improve with a better bow? (Just asking, cause there is no way as a student im getting a better bow like that)
From Emily AllenA better bow helps for sure! I got a new ow for graduation and at irst didn't really notice a difference (mostly because I was playing gigs with relatively simple music) but once I got to college and started playing more complex pieces and bowing etudes I realized how much of a difference a nice bow makes. I can't even imagine using my old bow now.
Posted on April 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM
From Robert LeonThanks Emily for your response on my blogs! Furthermore, (i know this has been on a long discussion) can carbon fiber match wood?
Posted on April 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM
From Thomas CooperNo, carbon fiber cannot match wood. Could a $500 carbon fiber bow be better than a $500 wooden bow? Perhaps, but in the long run, wood will always been better.
Posted on April 24, 2012 at 2:41 AM
From Simon StreuffI found my bow on my journey to my new violin in a shop. Is is a new made Thomas Gerbeth bow. He seems to be a good adress, because for example Antje Weithaas plays one of him too.
Posted on April 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
It was quite an expensive investment but at that point the bow gave me more quality increase than a new violin. I was actually comparing my old cheap instrument to a 20000 Euro violin (wich I did not intended to buy actually) at the same time I tried out the bow. My teacher said: You dont need that violin, you can make your own sound good too. Then I told her what bow i was using and I had to give her the adress of the maker ;)
On the long run the bow has given me soo much. I really feel comfortable at all points of the bow it runs stabil and works for every style of music I play. I never thought that a bow can make such a difference before. Also since my old bow was quite ok too.
The most outstanding factor wich my new bow gave me was the sound. It draws a clear and slightly edgy sound out of my violin, while my old bow was a little too dark in sound and not clear in articulation.
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