I'm looking for a good violin bow to match my good old German violin and would appreciate some advice on where to start looking -- what makers, both contemporary and older, etc.
I'm an intermediate adult player (been playing about 4 years now). I love my violin. It's a beautiful German violin from around 1900 that has a warm, rich, slightly dark sound with lots of overtones. My current bow is a Swiss-made Jean Dom. Adam model which cost about $300 and isn't bad, but I'm finding that as my skill level progresses, it's not keeping up with what I want it to do. It complements my violin pretty well sound-wise, but it's a little mushy and feels sluggish. I would like something livelier and sprightlier that responds more quickly, gives good feedback and tracks well. Should I get a stiffer stick? I've tried the Coda Bow Conservatory which seems stiffer and handles pretty well, but I think it gives my violin an overly loud, harsh sound that I don't like.
I've heard that decent bows start over $1,000. I'm willing to make that investment as long as I get a good bow that will complement my violin and help me develop my technique.
All that being said (and thanks for reading this far), I realize that bow choice is very subjective and the only way to find a suitable match is by trial. The trouble is knowing where to start. The choices (especially from modern makers & brands) is quite overwhelming. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start -- what makers to try, what to look for, etc.
Thanks a lot in advance for any suggestions you may have!
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