Andrew, I had a question today regarding bows and violins that i wanted to ask you after seeing that old post on bow hair float up. Can you share with us what do you look out for when matching bows and violins? Or bows and cellos for that matter.
I've been crushing the G-string of the violin with my good bow, and today I used a cheaper student bow for fun, and try as I might, it was much harder to crush the G-string on that same violin. I'm quite sure the maximum pressure I can exert with either bow is the same. Do you have any thoughts on this phenomenon?
I found the higher the string tension, the harder to crush the sound with pressure. I observed that with a lower tension string, I could easily flatten the string with my bow to the fingerboard (at least pretty close). So this could explain the "crush" phenomenon.
What determines the maximum pressure you can put on a string? Is it the bow? The strings? Or the violin? And when does the strength of the violin top comes into play or is it not a factor at all?
From my basic understanding of physics, the more energy you put into the string, the louder the sound you will get.
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.