Is a 70 dollar Ipe wood bow from Brazil good for an intermediate violin student?
I am an intermediate violin student who is in the market for a nice decent violin bow because my old bow that is under 20 dollars is now falling apart.
I found this violin bow from a respectable violin online shop here in the Philippines that is an Ipe wood bow with an ebony frog, abalone shell slide, gold phoenix emblem and linings and Mongolian horsehair worth 70 dollars. And if you add an extra 20 dollars it even comes with a synthetic core strings worth 24 dollars and a mahogany wood shoulder rest worth 24 dollars for their Christmas promo sale.
What do you guys think? Is a 70 dollar violin Ipe bow plus 20 dollars worth of synthetic strings and violin shoulder rest worth it for my level or is it just a waste of money?
EDIT: I also found out that the weight of the bow is around 70 grams isn't too heavy for a violin bow?
Welcome to Violinist.com James, it is a good idea to try playing a bow on your violin before buying one but if you are unable to do so then I think I think this is a fairly priced deal for you as long as the store has a return policy if you are unhappy with what they send you.
Brazillwood... I have tried cheap bows and they were not usefull. Too heavy and soft at the same time. Slow to respond and thin sounding.
I have read in several articles that Ipe may possibly be a good alternative to pernambuco for bows and since much faster growing than pernambuco, definitely renewable, possibly saving what little standing pernambuco we have left.
Decent synthetic strings exist the $20-25 price range -- Alphayues and Ascentes aren't bad.
rubbish CF bows sound terrible
Mr. Vander, for the price range you listed, try a hybrid bow. It essentially takes what is excellent about both carbon fiber and wood bows, and marries them. The Fiddlerman version is excellent but unavailable; the Vio is good and available. The latter is a bit light, but you still may want to consider it.
Based on circumstance, I guess your referring to the shop ‘Violin Village?’ I haven’t personally tried their instruments because I don’t like buying without trying. However, if you want to try instruments, bows, and branded authentic synthetic strings before buying them, I would recommend The String Department in Quezon City. The owner is a professional musician and his friends are concermasters and violinists from PPO and/or MSO. Here’s the link to his store:
Yes you are right Edric, I am referring the shop 'Violin Village'. I have also heard about The String Department but the problem at this time of year is that they are always out of stock and I am still waiting for their updates.
"At $70, I'd assume carbon fiber bows would be far superior to wood. That seems to be true at every price level up to about $1,000. I don't think a decent intermediate-level wood bow can be found for $70, at least in the US. Carbon fiber bows, though, might be good enough at that price level."
... anyone here experience with Vingobow? They are very moderately priced and ship directly from Suzhou/CN...
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