Bow Recommendations? ($300 Budget)
I'm looking for an upgrade from my $60 no name Fiberglass bow to something I can be confident with as I'm learning violin.
Here are some details about my situation:
I live in a hot, dry, desert climate (even though it snowed today, very rare) but I mostly play alone in an air conditioned room I keep at 70°F. So I'm not sure if carbon fiber or wood is better.
I use Russian bow hold if that makes any difference
Sound is important, but playability is more important for me right now since I mostly just play for self enjoyment
I'm about halfway through Suzuki book 1 to give you an idea of my playing level
My violin is a $400 2018 La Chambre student model that bought from a local music shop. I cant really find any more information about La Chambre, but the violin is in good shape (teacher approved)
I've been using Fiddlerman synthetic strings which are supposed to be similar to Dominants
$300 is my budget for a bow right now. If and when I upgrade my violin to around the $3000 mark, I might be inclined to get a more expensive bow. But I plan on sticking with this one for awhile.
I'll be happy to answer any more questions you may have.
The JonPaul Fusion bows are a great value for the price. I used one as my main teaching bow until a couple weeks ago when I upgraded to the JonPaul Muse model.
You might want to take a look in general at carbon fiber bows. Two of the replies have suggested them. They can be pretty good and be in your price range. If you upgrade your violin, you may want to look at bows in the $700-$800 range that are wood.
the only thing worse than Carbon Fibre bows are cheap Carbon Fibre bows. I would recommend going to a violin shop and trying out cheaper nickel mount pernambuco or even brazilwood bow, you should be able to find a good one for $300 at a reasonably priced shop, and it's going to sound a lot better than a Carbon Fibre alternative.
I would recommend NOT buying a wood bow under $1000. You'll end up with some cheap Bausch factory garbage and you won't realise it's holding you back because you won't know what you should look for.
Cheap factory garbage wood bow still sounds better than Carbon Fibre
No, Carbon Fibre sound aweful, not just different, they may play very well but the sound sucks, you'd have to be almost tone deaf to not notice the difference.
In my opinion, this sort of absolutism (i don't know the correct word in english) is never a goal to pursue.
Neither one sounds good if you can't play.
I have to disagree with the Fiddlerman bow recommendation.
Nothing wrong with an Arcos Brasil, Horst John or iStrings wood bow, Ni mounted, all under 1k, but for 300 bucks a good CF bow is what you should consider. I suggest a look at the JonPaul Vibrant or Bravo.
Good pernambuco bows under $1000 are very RARE. And it would take a small miracle for a beginner to happen to find such a bow. CF bows are durable (keep in mind OP is living in a harsh climate), reliable, and sound just fine to any audience member.
I agree with Ingrid.
Also, re: wood vs carbon fiber, I won't say wood bows under $1,000 are trash, but CF is far superior at all price levels below $1,000.
I tend to agree with Lyndon, but people seem to like their carbon fiber bows for whatever their reasons are.
It used to be that you could get a decent student bow from YitaMusic for $300, and they'd throw in a violin and case for free. Or was that the other way around? But it looks like their prices have gone up.
I'm surprised someone hasn't jumped in here to say that higher end bows are only necessary for more advanced players. I won't go there even though there is some truth to that.
It basically comes down to, go to all the shops and try as many bows as you can. Find what fits your playing best and what matches your violin best.
I'm a beginner adult amateur who plays on a yamaha v5 violin. To give you an idea of my level, I'm starting to learn 2nd position (after having learnt 3rd), I've recently started double-stops etudes and I'm still struggling to get a decent vibrato.
I have an old Sivori 65gram student bow. I don’t use it and would love to know it’s goibf to help someone who wants to learn. It’s a great student bow, yoh will want to upgrade at some point. My upgrade cost about 1000.00. If you are interested, I just had it rehaired. I’m sure any Luthier could attest to a sivori, or just find one on the net, great student bow.
I bought a codabow for just under $400 and it's alright. It's 5g lighter than my pernambuco, which means off the string strokes are considerably easier. I'm hoping to upgrade to a better lighter bow ASAP though, the CF bow feels... clunky. Maybe I'll get lucky with Tarisio's T2 auction next month/this month. We'll see...