Should Bows for electric string instruments be high quality?
I have a NS Design 4 string Cello on order and I'm not sure which direction to go in for a Bow. TSO's Asha Mevlana uses a Glasser series that's less than $200 so I'm guessing quality bows are only required for acoustic instruments. I've been thinking about the NS Design carbon fiber bow that runs slightly over $200. CodaBows look to be pretty nice as well.
Mevlana also mentioned TSO is very demanding, and her expensive wooden bow was being re-haired too often. My focus will be recording as opposed to concerts.
Bows don't just affect the sound. The balance and feel are important, so you must choose a bow you like the feel of and is easy to work with. This may mean that a high-quality bow is necessary.
Sounds reasonable, the local music stores are very limited in what they have in stock however. I'm also guessing they're not returnable if I order online.
Another thing that has made me curious is why they don't recommend advanced bows for beginners? Is the response very different?
The reason they don't recommend "advanced" bows for beginners is because beginners don't need them. They are just learning how to avoid scratching half the time. They don't need to find just the right balance that will give them the fastest and most delicate sautille. Also the prices of "advanced" bows will scare folks away from starting violin in the first place.
Shar Music will ship you up to 5 bows at a time and you can return the ones you don't want to keep.
Cheap bows need rehairing just as often as expensive bows.
You're not going to get as fine of a sound out of an electric instrument, not the same resonance, etc. At one point I was using my CF bow for my electric violin because it just seemed to be better than my other bows. Those were not great wooden bows though, at the time.