Dear Violinist.com peeps,
I'm about to start a search for a viola bow. A little background: I'm a doctoral student (in viola performance) and I want to find a bow that will serve me for many years in my professional life. I like to play without tightening my bow too much, so I need a resilient, responsive stick, neither a noodle nor a club.
Currently I play on an Arcos Brasil bow which cost me about $400 years ago. My technique is good enough that I can do anything I want with this bow, but I feel I could benefit from a "Ferrari" type bow, if you get my drift. I must say though, considering what I paid for this Brazilian bow, it has been a wonderful tool for me. I would prefer to try bows that already exist, as I am not confident enough in my preferences to commission a new bow.
This exact discussion has been done to death before, but that was quite a few years ago and everyone's prices have gone up (as they should). So, with around $4,000 to spend, who are the makers that should be on my radar? At this moment, the ones I am considering, based on prices and reputation, are Joshua Henry, Ken Altman, and Roger Treat (although I am not really sure about Mr. Treat's current pricing). Your recommendations and insights will be greatly appreciated.
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