Michael Vann violin bow?
Anyone have any experience with Michael Vann violin bow? Was thinking between Vann, Gilles Nehr, Benoit Rolland and Pierre Guillaume.
I know so many threads regarding bow makers. Please stick to these names as these are the makers I have shortlisted. So far Vann has been most responsive but I am still deciding between these makers.
Looking to commission a bow from either one of them. To keep the discussion focused, how would you rate Vann against the other makers mentioned above? Equal standing?
Are you happy with your current bows? If not, try a variety of affordable bows andick your fave.
I almost bought a Vann last April. I was looking for a good daily use bow which did everything pretty well, even if it wasn't a class leader in any one area. It fit the bill but I didn't find the work very elegant. What gave it the edge over the other bows was its superior tone, one of the best sounding bows I've ever tried for my fiddle. Unfortunately, it broke just before I paid for it. The dealer said Vann would make another for me to try (he wouldn't repair it for less money, wanted the same price for a repaired bow!) but I haven't heard from either of them. Oh well.
Jeewon , did it break due to an accident or an inherent fault?
Broke at the head along the grain just below the shaft under normal playing conditions. Fairly common I think, but I've never seen it happen in a new bow.
This Nehr Tete-Beche is interesting but initially seems odd looking to me. Maybe after a few more viewings or a few beers...
I like function with my form :)
I'm also interested in the tete beche bows, waiting for a reply from Gilles.
Jeffrey H, you're digressing away from the list of names you asked us not to digress away from :)
I would've been very happy playing on the Vann as my daily bow, just not as happy looking at it;) It was very well balanced, felt very strong yet was compliant, felt pretty stable and did all the tricks it needed to (though it wasn't the most incisive bow, like my Dodd) and, the reason I chose it over several other bows I was trialing over that period, it was a great tonal match with my fiddle. But alas...
Thanks for your clarification Jeewon.
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