Attach a nickel to the tip of the bow!
I tried this just for “fun”. To me it felt a little smoother and less bouncy?? My bow is carbon fibre, weighs 60 gm and the balance point is in the usual area. I actually like
it. I hope it doesn’t sparkle in the orchestra! Any comments? Has anyone tried this?
Martin Hayes, the wonderful Irish fiddler used ot live here in Seattle. One day he was telling me a story about the bow that he had used as a young man. It was head light, so he glued a coin to the side of the head.
If you like the extra weight, obtain thin sheets of lead weight from a golf shop. It can likely be inserted into the tip next time you have a hair change.
At 5 grams a nickel is pretty heavy for this. I've tried it with various US coins,
I also like to use viola bows becaise they are a bit heavier.
Bows that are tip heavy can track nicely and require less work to pull a full sound all the way to the tip. It's when you have to play fast and off the string that you will require a bit more effort and can be cumbersome. Generally, some lead can be used in the mortice if there is room to add weight. I've added up to 2.5 grams in a typical sized mortice and still fit the hair comfortably.
Jeff, that's interesting. I still have my very good quality 70-yr old cello bow. I must try it on one of my violins, probably my Jay Haide workhorse. Seriously.
I was thinking of getting a nickel tip plate cut for one of my CF bows. The two CF bows are the same model and they play basically the same. That might add one gram at most though.
I may be repeating myself . Still trying to figure things out. I am going to try a Canadian dime with scotch tape like I usually do. (I am Canadian)
Paul. Let me know how that works
I personally play better with tip light bows
The problem with bows that are too light at the tip is that a fast sautille becomes impossible because the balance point is too low in the bow. If you do the stroke fast enough, it ends up not at the balance point but actually somewhere above the middle of the bow. However, if you don't use this stroke you may not care.
Terry, if you're Canadian then why are you using Scotch tape?
You can change the handling characteristics of a bow by any of the following methods that I have used:
Thanks all. Paul, guess I’ll have to find “Canadian tape”!
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