January 4, 2007 at 8:42 AMWell, my two day air mail delivery finally arrived today...six days later.
That would be my new viola bow..the aspire CODA viola bow. I"m not sure about it. Definately better than what I have been using, but not the weight and characteristics I'd choose.
However, that is probably a good thing. Because I really need the weight of a heavier bow on the viola to play the more difficult pieces. It makes the strings actually work in higher positions, double stops. It is great sounding...much brighter than what I'm used to, but without the edge.
It will take some work to get used to the frog and grip. It is a strange placement of the grip and winding and frog. It almost forces your hand into a certain ratio and spaces.
There is definately potential for massive improvement nowt hat I didn't feel before. The sound is weighty, but not clumbsy, though the light, baroquish, sensitive playing will take more work.
I only had two hours to play around with it, though. YOu know I'll be videoing myself and writing up pages on the various aspects of the bow and everything related and not related.
Excited with the bow, actually, as it makes practicing much more interesting, and takes away a lot of the frustratioins (addind new ones that are more workable).
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