Thoughts on the Incredibow
I'll admit I was apprehensive about ordering this bow.Heidi has done a very nice job making it. Kudos to her!
I had no reason to worry.
I had the wood finish applied to it. Even though I know it isn't a wooden bow the finish tricks my mind into thinking it's wood every time I pick it up. I don't think of it as a CF bow.
Here's a few things I really like about the bow. The featherweight version makes faster playing easier for me compared to my inexpensive wooden bows.
I like that it never needs adjustment and is tolerant of humid conditions.
Surprisingly I'm even able to get a similar sound to my wood bows if I use a slightly different technique. Still not the warm sound of wood but not bad either! Probably ok in a setting where it isn't the only instrument playing.
I'll need some more time with it to fully form a solid opinion on everything about it. So far though, it's a winner for me and I would buy it again.
Own one. Not for me.
You mentioned a few weeks ago (http://www.violinist.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=436 ) that you had doubts about the ordering process; how did it work out?
Since I introduced the topic of the Incredibow here 6 weeks ago I feel that I should chime in and say "Timothy, I'm glad you are happy with it."
I bought one out of curiosity having read Andrew's post. I'm planning to experiment with it and was curious about the synthetic hair.
Jeewon, on which instrument. German bow hold suggest Cello or Bass?
Marc, on violin. I'm thinking of Flesch's definition of German hold, and what you see in a lot of those old 19C instructional books.
Jeewon, would you mind posting a picture or two of the issues that you see, in particular the uneven hair?
Here you go.
Thank you for posting the picture. I find it difficult to see what you mean by "uneven hair", though. (edit: never mind, you added the explanation in the mean time)
A well haired bow will create a totally flat surface. Here the hairs along the midline (if you draw a line along the length of the hair and centre it, that is the midline of the hair) are bunched and so create a bulge in the midline of the hair. As such the bow does not sit flat on the strings. Along with the convex shape of the bow, this makes for a very wobbly ride.
Han, I did the same as Jeewon Kim and waited maybe a month before it showed up.
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