What are the pros and cons of light bows, eg 60 grams? I recently bought a Cadenza carbon fibre bow which I like. I also like the bow I bought for $50.00 which weighs 64 grams, which I bought as a teenager and I still use it occasionally. I am sure it is not pernambuco.I am 84 and play in a 12 person ensemble. Actually, I don’t notice much difference!
Thanks for any comments
I don't think the difference becomes all that important until you reach a certain "level" of playing. But overall I would guess that a lighter bow serves well in airy or crisply articulated music (earlier, say baroque to Mozart) whereas your heavier bow will serve better in more "powerful" or "sensuous" music, romantic to modern.
60g isn't light. That's standard weight for a violin bow.
I am adult beginner, now I reached some kind of level, where I can feel some cons and pro's of the bows, my cheap carbon fiber is irritating me. It bumps, has bad weight and sounds so cold. I want to replace soon. So I think there are huge differences between bows, some of them are noticeable at high level, but some in very low.
My Richard Weichold violin bow (late 19th century, Dresden) weighed in at about 65 grams. It was an outstanding bow for tone quality. It came into my family in the 1930s and I inherited it about 20 years later. it was not so good for off string strokes. About 50 years later I finally realized that the problem was excess silver wrap near the frog so I had the silver removed and replaced with faux whalebone. This reduced the mass of the bow to 60 or 61 grams - right in the standard zone for a violin bow. It's tonal qualities were not changed at all, but now it is also an excellent bow for off-string strokes and sautille. I suspect some incompetent bow tech had messed it up some time in its first 40 years.
Thank you all for your comments. I have a small gram scale that I can accurately calibrate to zero and go from there. I certainly agree Andrew that balance cannot be underestimated.
4-5 grams is not a difference you can feel very much. The balance point would be more important than weight differences between say 59 and 63 grams.
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