Violin bow characteristics
I am told by several good violinists that the diameter of the bow of the last 6-8" from the tip should be smaller than some bows are. I am wondering what this difference means, presumably it relates to playing factors. I have noticed that good player's bows are like this.
Also I have a good carbon fibre cadenza bow, 60 grams, which is like the above and it works fine for me. I have my grade 8. I also have a synthetic Golden Strad made in England which I have had for 40 years and 3 other bows. The cadenza is the best.
Smaller than "some bows are". Every bow is a little less something than "some bows are".
Every bow will taper at the tip. The degree depends on wood type, wood density, balance, desired responsiveness and skill of the maker.
My impression is that the narrowness has something to do with the sound, not sure what.
The graduations are in a tight relationship with curve and density of the material. The thinner the graduations behind the head, the more curve is needed. Example Sartory's start around 5mm at the throat and go to 8.5 about 1/3 away from the butt, Sartory's have more curve behind the head. Conversely, Peccatte's start around 5.5 mm and go to 8.5 about 1/3 away from the butt, the curve is more gradual on a Peccatte to go along with a slower graduation. All measurements can vary slightly from stick to stick depending on the piece of wood, but the general graduations for each particular model will be spaced similarly matching the curve.
Any opinions about Golden Strad
A little 28-page "pamphlet" titled "How to Select a Bow for Violin Family Instruments" by Balthasar Planta gives the information about bow design and dimension these postings seek.
Thanks Andrew. I have ordered the book when they get more in.
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