December 29, 2006 at 12:41 AMToday I bought a bow. A Coda (carbon fiber) Aspire. I really wanted a higher end one, but this one seems to be alright (it arrives in a few days). At any rate, it will be much better than what I currently play with. I got a viola bow despite the temptation to go with a violin bow (cheaper). I'm sure they are priced more because there is more bow...in a good way. It was hard to tell from pictures of ANY of the bows I looked at in the last few days how the balance was. I like a very thin stick until about the middle of the bow. Most didn't look like that, but it was hard to really know.
After all that...looking at my violin bow...it looks incredibly similar to the carbon fiber bows I saw (the ones that didn't have a "net" look to them). How can I tell if a bow is carbon fiber or wood? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but it is very very smoothe, is a very dark shade, very uniform. The part of the stick behind the grip is octagonal, but the rest of the stick is round. It has occaisional problems with the bow not loosening in dry weather. I can unscrew the button (?) almost all the way off sometimes and the bow still stays tight. Then when I open my case at home, it is loosened and fine. I have been told that maybe it was rehaired with not long enough hair to compensate for climate changes.
The look of the bow, though...
and there are no stampings, markings of any kind.
Without taking it to a luthier, does anyone know how to tell the difference?
I bought it from my teacher for $800.00 around 2002. I can't remember exactly what he said about the bow and can't get ahold of him about any of my instruments or bows lately. I'm sure it is worth 800 dollars. I'm not concerneda bout that at all.
Maybe I was and don't remember. Benefit of the doubt is always called for in my case.
I'm glad that I am very happy with my violin bow. It doesn't really matter too much. Just curious.
I practiced quite a long stretch today, and the whole time, I could hear myself way too loudly. It all sounded harsh, even playing very quietly, or flautando. I finally blamed it on the environment and weather. Relative dryness, humidity, temperature, water condensation on the walls. Anything.
I'm not playing any differently. Just hearing differently. It is hard to get past that sometimes in order to practice...such a distraction!!!
Hm...I'm making bread. The timer just went off..so now...off I go!
I think a bow is a preference thing, not a marker of ability in sliding scale terms....?
I didn't get my old violin hack bow rehaired to use because the more I looked at it, the more work I saw needed. It didn't have any kind of grip. The frog looked like it would probably break in the rehairing process and need to be repaired. The place where the hair is joined to the frog...the craftsmanship with the halving of cork and ??? is shoddy.
ANYWAY. Thanks for the feedback.
I'm looking for any hint of grain beneath paint and am not seeing anything.....
Where the bow has scraped against the strings a few times, there is a lighter colour of the finish when I clean the rosen off the stick. Sort of a very deep orange-ish. The stick looks very dark brown, almost a burgundy, but still brown.
But you've piqued my curiosity, and based on your description, it looks like I might have one with my rental viola, and I don't like that one very much at all. (I've been meaning to exchange it but haven't gotten around to it). But perhaps that's a viola thing . . . it feels heavy and clunky and maybe that feeling will go away over time. What is the perceived advantage or disadvantage of carbon fiber bows?
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