From elise stanley
Posted February 4, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I ask becaues it seems hard to maintain a straight bow line - I'm pretty sure its the bow because my old german one (heavy perambuco and perfectly straight) seems to pull much better.
But what happens if a bow taut but bent?
Actually it may be moot. I'm in philadephia and went to the main violin shop here - Frederick W. Oster Fine Violins- to look at bows. They were most accomodating and let me twiddle around for hours comparing the cheap end - even let me try an $18K french bow (writing was too small for me to identify who's, cept something'Paris'). My oh my, interesting how much of playing is determined by the quality of the bow!
Anyhow, I bought a Tubbs for 900. No, not that Tubbs, a german Tubbs copy - which was very nice in the hand with a good (but not the greatest tone, can't have it all). Also left behind some nice german bows in the 1-1.5 K range.
So bendy-bow will be relegated to backup and best bow (my old german one with the nicest tone but irritating action) will be reserved for largo performances!
Now, how to get 18K together...
Meanwhile the new bow is awesome, the most lively one I've had and also the lightest. I'm going to have to improve my technique to control it tho...
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