So I happened on my entire bow collection - which is all of three bows - they are all nice perambuco and one is actually hand made and signed but I am pretty sure none of the three is worth over $1.5K. For the first time I tried each in succession - and found something of merit in each.
Bow 1 is a german hand made. It is very firm and I have switched to it from Bow 2 because it is aggressive and gives me lots of bite and volume. Its what I plan to use when I play the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Well, in my dreams anyway :)
Bow 2 is a less firm and used to be my 'staple. When I return to it now it is easier to play and much easier to get sweet sounds from. It just lacks that 'listen to me' bite of bow 1. I'm thinking that this bow might be great for chamber music.
I just found Bow 3 forgotten in my old viollin case. Its actually my original childhood bow - and still has a line on it where the training-tape took off a bit of varnish! It was astonishingly easy to play and gives a very soft tone (partially due no doubt to old bow hair) - light, pliant and soft (you can not tighten the hairs any more out of danger of making it into an inverted baroque bow :) Uses? Playing in a hotel at night? Lullabies? Playing in an orchestra when you really don't want to be heard? :D
Which is why I wondered if others have multiple bows for different playing purposes....
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