In market for a new bow, suggestions?
I am in the market for a new bow. I have been playing on a carbon fiber bow that is actually a really great one (bought from my violin teacher when I was in college) and it has been playing fantastically for a very long time. But it's a bit on the heavy side so while the legato sounds great, it doesn't bounce very well. So I'm thinking of getting another bow that has a good mix of both, that allows great legato and is bouncy enough. The one I am playing on was around $1000, and I'd like an upgrade to something that is around $2000-3000. I have already tried the Codabow Diamond SX, and it doesn't play as nicely as my current bow. So I'm thinking something along the line of Codabow Marquise, or one of the Arcus bow maybe S6 or S7. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Try a variety of affordable bows and pick your favourite.
You say your current bow is "heavy." When people say that, without actually measuring the weight, they usually mean that the balance is not exactly to their liking. You can measure the balance point and it can be moved by having a luthier add (or remove) weight at the tip or frog. This can be an inexpensive good first step before spending 100x more on a new bow. Also get your bow weighed as a starting point!
Hi Eric, are you aware of the Luma bow? It is a lot cheaper than what you are looking for, but just wanted to make sure you knew it existed! :)
My suggestion would be to fix the balance on the carbon fiber bow you have, and then use your money for a wooden (pernambuco) bow. You will be glad to have one of each...;)
Great suggestions above. You can have the balance fixed, and get a new bow if need be.
At that price point, I would consider both wood and CF bows, unless you routinely play in conditions where CF is necessary (i.e., it would be dangerous to use a wood bow). If you really need CF, I would also trade in your existing CF bow when you upgrade to another CF bow, extending your budget by a bit.
If you want carbon fiber try the Jon Paul bows. The Carrera is in my opinion way better than the codabow marquise.
I just bought a Coda GX. I tried the Marquise but was not impressed but it might have been that particular bow. I also tried the Jon Paul Carrera. My advise is to try them all and see which one your violin likes. My teacher is always telling me to listen to your bow, it will teach you how to play...lol. Good luck in your search.
For $2-3,000, you might find an antique German bow that is good but discounted for not being French.
Not all bows can teach you how to play, although certainly some can.
In this price range, I really recommend a Rodney Mohr workshop bow. The sound is good, and it is much much better than any of the Chinese or Brazilian "special edition" bows. I have a very flexible one, which is my everyday practice bow. Honestly, it has helped me advance my techniques so much more. And most importantly, it will hold up its value very well.
A good Nurnberger or Pfretzschner along the lines of what Stephen suggests? $3000 is an in-between price, a couple thousand less than the well-known modern makers start at and a couple thousand more than basic Brazilian silver-mounted workshop bows. My daughter is happy with her German bows in this price range, the price goes up significantly for bows we like more.
the pfretzschner bows are nice, but the ones I tried here in the chicago area were 4k to 4.5k. I tried an otto durrschmidt bow that I thought competed well against the pfretzschner, but was priced 3k-ish
You can find new bows from an excellent maker from Brazil, Manoel Francesco, in your price range. I've been really impressed with his bows of late.
A little confused by what you mean by heavy. If you're playing on a typical carbon fiber bow it will be 60-61 grams as Codabows and John Pauls are designed to mimic the weight and feel of a wood bow.
In the sub 1k to 2k range, brazilian workshop and shop brand pernambuco bows a good place to look. I think if you look through a shop inventory, you will probably be better off finding a matching pernambuco bow vs carbon fiber.
If you are able to, and feel confident enough, go to a large auction house and try all the bows in your price range (and lower). You may find a stunning bow at a fraction of the retail price.
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