Why does my Coda GX sounds so terrible?
I bought a Coda GX bow untested back in 2012 based on its good reviews.
It produces so much noise which makes playing unbearable. I can barely hear my doublestops higher up on the fingerboard. It plays worse than the free bow i got from a $150 Yita violin.
What could be the cause of this?
because its carbon fibre, carbon fibre sounds like shxt!!
Can this noise be heard from 10 feet away?
Lyndon, there are good carbon fiber bows. Arcus bows are legendary.
If one had to trust good reviews (here too), the Codabow GX should be the solution to all world's evil...... :)
Did you like it back in 2012? When was the last rehair? What kind of rosin are you using? When is the last time you had your instrument adjusted, do other bows do the same thing? Have you changed your strings? Is there a large amount of build up of rosin on your strings? The sound quality can degrade so slowly over time with these factors that we hardly notice it until one day we hate our equipment. If you liked the sound at one point, chances are things aren't maintained properly.
In my experience with my violins and cellos I have found that different instruments do better (sound-wise) with different bows.
I have a CodaBow Diamond NX that I'm using with an instrument I recently acquired. My heavier German pernambuco bow is simply too heavy for the instrument, and the CodaBow brings out a lot of overtones that the pernambuco bow simply crushes. I do have a lot of under-the-ear scratching with the CodaBow but one cannot hear it from a couple of feet away. I've had mine only for a few months, and have only been using it for maybe four weeks total out of those few months. I have noticed I seem to need a lot more rosin than with my pernambuco (I use Pi strings).
Much like wooden bows each produce a personal time, so do carbon-fiber bows. The CF "screech" is much more noticeable with individual CF bows and violins.
I don't like anything about the CF bows I've tried, but I haven't spent much time with them. Some fine bows and violins don't always play nice together, though. It's always best to test bows out, and to do so on the violin you plan on playing on. That's not much consolation to you now, but maybe it's time for an upgrade of some of your equipment.
Try it slacker.
When I read "Try it slacker" I thought, wow, maybe this IS a snobby forum after all.
Try slacking it, maybe?
I read that similarly, Paul! HAHA!!!!
I liked the original Codabow Classic models, but have not really found the current GX/SX lineup to sound all that good. Their higher-end Marquise lineup has a model that plays fairly well, but JonPaul achieves the same result in their Avanti model for hundreds of dollars less.
Nina, don't worry, I'm already slacking. All my colleagues think so anyway. LOL
The only times I use my CF bow (£100, made by P&H London) are in potentially hazardous scenarios, such as playing out of doors, in theater orchestra pits, playing for barn dancers, or playing folk music in a pub. For these I also use my steel-strung #2 violin. Both items do the job as required.
I have a Coda Diamond NX that I bought as a backup for when my pernumbuco bow is getting rehaired. It has a lot of surface noise right under the ear, but I'm told that it's not noticeable a few yards away. And like Malcolm says, you don't need the hair very tight on these bows. All the Codas I've tried have been nicely responsive (it's almost as if they're designed primarily for off-the-string strokes), but they sure don't sound like my wooden bow.
Paul, don't worry. I should be studying right now...
My son has one as well for backup and outdoor situations and he hates it. I don't think it is terrible but he absolutely hates and refuses to use it unless forced to.
Yes, bows are mysterious objects, and the price seems to be the least important factor. One of my better bows is a $50 octagonal brazilwood. The P&H bows are noisy. The $100 P&H C.F. Violin bow is tip-heavy, but works well as a Viola bow. I liked my John-Paul Bravo bow, not noisy, enough to up-grade to the Avanti, but it feels the same, not better. One would think that the grade of hair and the rosin should have a lot to do with this
As Anthony asks, what did the OP think of his bow in 2012?
I feel we never pay enough attention to bow hair on these bows..
In a different thread Robster says he is a returning grade 8 violinist with intonation difficulties. He doesn't say if he returned in 2012 or if he quit in 2012 or if he bought a bow in 2012 and is only just starting to use it. It would seem unlikely that he has used the bow since 2012 and it is now wearing out, but I don't want to appear to be questioning his life story. It may be an acclimatisation problem: I bought a Yamaha electric piano two weeks ago and found (after 38 years) that one or two of the hand stretches had been lost from muscle memory.
Hi Andrew which Yamaha keyboard did you get?
I got the P-125. I had been watching it on Amazon for 6 months and the price suddenly dropped, so I went for it.
I have a Coda Bow GX and I like it on my violin. The other bow I have is a nice pernambuco Ernst Heinrich Roth workshop bow from the 1940’s or 1950’s so bear in mind I don’t have a “fine” bow to compare it to.