I think a lot of this is up to personal preference. I remember when I used to take lessons, my teacher would often complain that my bow was too tight, and that the tone would be affected.
He was a very good teacher who went to a top conservatory, and played in a professional symphony, but I've received conflicting results from personal experience. I often find it very tough to play near the bridge with loose hair, and I often find that if my bow is too loose, it's harder to play spiccato. Moreover, loose hair often forces me to compensate by applying more bow pressure. Of course, there are pros and cons to both. Lately, I've not paid attention to this aspect of my setup. What do you guys think is the optimal bow tightness?
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