So I've got a new bow recently, and finally realize what a really good bow can bring to the sound besides the excellent playability. It's hard to put it in words, with the new bow the sound is so much intense, buttery smooth, clean yet soulful, and such a clear rich powerful sound at a distance. I think I got a bow that match my violin so well that it literally sound as like I spent another $10,000 upgrading the violin.
This is not the sound I'm describing under the ear like many other people do, it's the sound that's heard by audiences. Under the ear, the sound is nothing remarkable except that it's sweet and gentle with clean and clear core but very different from the sound at a distance. It only takes a light touch of the bow to draw such big sound, yet a lot of reserve when I started to dig it.
Since this eyes opening experience is telling me that big part of the sound is contributed by the bow, what happen if multi million dollars violins played with a cheap student bow? I think even as great as those fine instruments are, they need a great bow to go well with them. There's a youtube video about Sarah Chang talks about her bows and her del gesu, she mentioned about her tourte being a reliable concert bow that will soar through the orchestra without much effort (though she never take out the tourte in that video).
This also lead to another matter - many modern vs classic violins comparisons (big or small, formal or informal, public or private) done in the past, are those instruments played with a matching bow in order unleash their pull potential? I can see why some instruments that are supposed to be great did not stand out in the comparisons. I rarely, if not, never read about people talking about bows they used in all those comparisons.
What's your view on these matters?
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