Imagine a beginner on the violin, and imagine a bow that's a little bit light, and imagine a bow that's a little bit heavy (but less heavy than a viola bow).
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each for the beginner?
Cons: they're both bad.
A beginner should get used to a bow in the typical range of weight and balance!
For a beginner, it's best to use a bow that is within normal parameters and learn how to work it until you develop. Violin bow 60 grams +/- 2 grams, 9"-10" balance point, should have good curve: when the bow is completely loosened and sitting on a flat surface the belly of the bow just about touches the table/hair, a stronger stick is better for a beginner as it will feel more stable. If a bow is outside these parameters it will be more difficult to develop the advanced bow techniques.
Screwed that one up, didn't I! I thought I was asking a neutral question.
As a beginner myself, and as I think you pointed out, if a bow is too light, for me, it has a tendency to bounce on the strings rather than laying in. I'm just learning staccato, and ran into this problem testing some bows. Since these are low price bows, and if there is nothing about the CF one that really grabs you, go with the wooden one.
Generally, people get used to whatever the weight is. There are heavy English bows and very light French bows. People have them and use them.
Interesting reply, Scott, thanks. Yes, I can imagine that my violin is too coarse for a light bow. (but aLSO WITH THE PROVISO THAT i'VE GOT A LOT OF PRACTISING TO DO)
I also see you're talking like a pirate. Two more days to Talk Like A Pirate Day.
I bought a Col Legno Standard, but I've noticed a similarly priced pernambuco bow that is nearly 10 grams lighter. I'll definitely buy one out of curiosity, although perhaps in the very long run it's in-between two price ranges.
Wood bows are mostly carbon too!
Yes, good point.
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