One friend has a $600 Knoll (made in Germany) cello bow, and he wanted to "upgrade" to an $1100 bow.
The other player was a student who simply thought a new bow would help him play better, but the proposed upgrade was to an equally cheap bow. I lent him a bow for a month, and he is now using his own bow again.
I am fascinated by the range of bows that retail between $600, say, and $2,000: I have been unable to work out how the bows are graded, and so priced.
The considerable number of bows I have tried all bounce, respond nicely, and all draw a big sound. Sure, there are differnces between these bows, but the main factor between them appears to be the weight, which is a matter of just a few grams. Balance points are different, too, but the variation is not great. Some bows are tip-heavy, but some players like this.
Very few bows (if any at all) in this price range are made of genuine pernambuco, for the wood blanks cost the luthier as much as the retail prices I am discussing.
How are these bows graded? Do the bow makers play with them, or do they have some engineering test the bow must pass?Tweet
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