Can luthiers rebalance the bow? (+bow recommendations!)
I've recently bought a new cheap bow, made by VingoBow, a Chinese bow seller, but it has bad balance. The balance point is almost 10 3/4 inches.
I was about to get a refund, and buy another bow, but it seems that there're not many options in $200 price range. So, I'm looking for an alternative rather than a refund, such as visiting a luthier to rebalance the bow. (FYI: I can visit a luthier in March.)
I wonder if luthiers can rebalance the bow by whittling its tip or replacing the button with a heavier one. OR could you recommend any other cheap and nice bows in $200 price range? Thank you!
EDIT: It turned out that this bow was not solid, nor stable after a couple of days of trial. I tested it with whole bows(forte), and it's been getting crooked which can be observed just at a glance. I'm quite confused about having spent money for nothing.
Yes, a bow can be rebalanced.
Hi Cat, If you are not happy with a cheap bow as it is I do not think it wise to put more money into it. You would be better off to save your money and then go to a shop(s) and test drive some in your price range on your own violin that you find of interest.
It sounds like your bow is tip heavy. I wonder where you're measuring from? And my experience with that seller is that their bows are often (always?) tip heavy. A simple and economical fix is to put lead tape, as sold for rebalancing golf clubs, under a replacement thumb leather. But then the question becomes how heavy is the bow now, and will it still be a practical weight after rebalancing?
Excellent suggestion from Mark!!!
Andrew, unless the penny was minted pre-1982! Then it would weigh ~3.1 grams.
I think lead tape is a grand idea - but doing a pro-quality thumb-leather install even without the lead tape under it is not that easy or straightforward.
Doesnt that also depend on the elasticity of the bow or is the balance point a fixed ideal place irrespective of other factors?
I have two bows purchased from but not branded "vingobow" (coincidentally), both considerably more expensive than the op's, that were both tip heavy. In both cases I had about 2gm of lead tape placed under new thumb leathers (2gm because that's what it took to get the balance point to 185mm from the frog in its relaxed position, which is a standard measurement for violin bows - viola and cello are different), and though the bows are that much heavier, they both actually feel lighter in play because of the better balance. They were both significantly improved by this.
Andrew, I was unclear and meant balance (center of mass) rather than bounce point and missed your favoring of ten inches in the earlier post.
I don't pay anyone to do anything to my violins nor my bows. I bought several books and learned for myself. Of course a bow can be rebalanced. An airplane propeller can be rebalanced so why not a bow??
Hi Mark, maybe lead tape is not well known yet, but I think it will go more than enough with 150-dollar bow. I’ll take both my bow and lead tape when visiting a luthier. Thanks for a great idea!
If you can afford ~500.00 for a bow, I'd return it and get a coda bow diamond SX, or NX if you want something less.
Hi Arnie, yes I regret not to have bought a coda bow. (Remark: the edited part)