After reading much of the info on v.com re violins, bows, etc., and after only 4 months of lessons, I decided to trial a couple of Coda Bows on my entry-level student violin--a Prodigy and a Diamond NX. The Prodigy was nice, but when I tried the Diamond NX, I found that I really liked it--very smooth, nice sound (as far as I can tell :-)), and seems to help me maintain a more uniform, much less shaky sound on longer bows. I even found a place where I can get it for more than $100 less than what most of the shops are asking!
Anyway, I brought both bows to my lesson thinking that my teacher would try them out for me and help me decide which would be best. However, without trying either one, she simply advised me that I shouldn't even think of buying a new bow b/c every bow sounds different on every violin and that until I am ready for a better instrument, I should stick w/what I m using.
I have the utmost respect for my teacher, as she is the pro here. But b/c of all the pro-better/best equipment recommendations that I have read on this site, I wanted to get some feedback from any/all of you who have "gone either way" as they say as well as to ask what you would do in this case. And although I know that I need to do what's right for me, I must admit, that if I do end up purchasing a new bow, I'll probably feel awkward bringing it to my next lesson.
Thanks very much for any help,
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