recambered my bow. It still needs a little tweaking, which I intend to get done, but my teacher thinks this is simply the wrong bow for my current violin, which I got about a year ago.)I'm currently bow-shopping. (I posted recently about having
I'm pretty consistent in what I like. When I last bought a bow, almost 15 years ago, I gravitated towards Claude Thomassin's work -- out of dozens of bows tried without knowing the maker, I'd consistently pull every one of them out of the pile, and eventually I bought the best of the ones I'd tried. I'd also liked every Nicolas Maline, but my then-teacher talked me out of spending that much money on a bow. (And I loved a Dominique Peccatte that wasn't for sale, and would also have been out of my price range.)
This time around, I've consistently liked four makers -- Sartory, Morizot (both pere and fils), and Tourte (I'd never tried a Tourte previously, and they are magical but of course unaffordable) -- always selecting the same makers out of the generalized pile of anonymous bows. (Unexpectedly, I also liked an Arcus S9, after not having previously liked the lower end of the line.)
Now I'm trying to figure out: What is it about the feel of a particular maker that I'm picking up on? Why am I choosing very different makers now than previously? (My playing technique has changed in the interim, which I'm sure is related, but I have never previously liked any of the many Sartory bows I've tried, for instance.)
Also, given what I've liked, who are other makers that I should be on the lookout for? Especially contemporary makers with a similar feel?
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