From what I read, high quality pernambuco wood is the way to go because it provides a certain desirable tonal characteristic to your music compared to a lower quality wood or carbon fiber.
CF bow described as "colder" sound; you can find many threads here on violinist.com where people say similar things. Bland. Cold. Requires more work to make your music. etc.
This confuses me, as I don't understand how a wood that does not touch the violin can affect its sound.
That is, the bow, with the help of rosin which provides grip/friction for the hairs as they are drawn across the strings, cause the strings to vibrate and create a sound.
I'm not arguing about handling or weight, etc. but am I the only one that sees a disconnect?
Am I crazy for thinking it probably does not matter and the only characteristic that people should care about is weight/durability/handling? (I won't get into bow hairs)
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