I'd like to find a bow for less than $1,000 (preferably less than $500), to be used as a spare bow -- orchestral playing for concerts that have col legno, pit playing, outdoor playing, and the usual circumstances where you don't want to damage a fine bow. I'm looking for recommendations.
I currently own a Coda Colours bow that I bought more than a decade ago as a spare bow. I had an Arcus before that, but ended up trading it to another player for some cash and the Coda after deciding I didn't like its sound. The Coda has been fine -- it's functional, if not something that I want to be using all the time, and I've only used it on relatively rare occasion (especially crowded pits, orchestra concerts with extensive col legno passages).
The problem is, I'm just about to buy a new instrument, and the Coda sounds terrible with it -- thin and sharp and annoying under the ear. I was just made particularly aware of it because my orchestra is now doing Mahler 1, and there's a moderate amount of col legno, including one passage where the conductor and concertmaster want the wood actually drawn across the strings, and another where they want it dropped from a distance for more of a sound, not just lightly struck in a heavily controlled way. One demonstration of those techniques and I thought, "I am not doing this with a $20,000 bow." Whereupon I discovered how badly the Coda and this new violin pair.
I know that carbon-fiber technology has gotten better and better over the last decade, and moreover, there are Chinese makers doing inexpensive pernambucco copies modeled on fine bows. I'd like to find a sub-$1,000 bow that sounds better and plays better than the Coda. Carbon-fiber preferred for durability. Any recommendations on what to try?
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