Holst's "The Planets" has heavily percussive col legno in the "Mars" movement. I've always used a carbon-fiber bow for concerts I've played where The Planets have been on the program.
However, this upcoming season I'm performing it for the first time as the concertmaster, and while I have a CF bow that handles well enough (it's a Jon-Paul Avanti), and the tone is fine for blending into a section, I'm less keen on the tone for solo playing, especially something as delicate as the Venus movement of the Planets.
I'm trying to decide: Do I risk using my regular bow (old, French, decidedly not inexpensive) and attempt to be very careful with the col legno, or do I stick with the CF and just live with the tone quality? I don't think I've ever seen anyone switch bows mid-piece for this.
(I'm the soloist for The Lark Ascending on the same program, but for that, I figure I have a moment to switch bows backstage.)
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