How do you know if a bow is better if it feels weird?
Hi, quick question here. Imagine you want a new bow and go bow shopping. You try one that you like aesthetically, that you know "must" be better than your actual bow but that feels weird or "worse" than your bow.
How can you know if you simply need to spend 2 weeks with it to get familiar with the new shape and balance?
How do you know if it's simply worse for you and it's not about getting used to it?
How do you know if it's you, that are used to your unbalanced, bad bow, and not the bow, in which case you should totally go with the new one even though it feels very different and control it much worse?
I've experience this when trying out violins from friends, my teachers... you know they are way better than yours, but nonetheless you feel way less comfortable playing it, and have zero control compared to your current own violin. I don't know about you, but I tend to get so used to my current set, and when I change something drastically, something like the bow or the instrument, it all gets really weird.
It can take time to get used to a different bow. Potentially, there can be a number of differences that affect the way a bow can be used optimally. These may include weight, balance (i.e., weight distribution), thickness at the thumb leather (i.e., wrap), amount of hair, stick stiffness, position(s) of stick flexure and others.
For bows, the conventional wisdom is that if it doesn't immediately feel pretty decent, forget it. But that's assuming that one already plays with decent technique.
@Lydia Leong, you wrote:
In my own experience, just because it feels weird at first does not mean it is not an excellent bow for you. I recommend patience in adjusting to what you can do with it. With viola, some people like heavy for a dark sound, others lime myself prefer light and agile. Sometimes more springy for delicate or rapid and precise passages or less so for more lyric and darker sound. They can feel completely unfamiliar if you have not trained on a widw
Another variable can be the rosin you are using for different bows and different sounds.
Arcus is so unconventional that many of the bows will, yes, feel weird.
...... but i was talking not about handling strictly.
Marco, while I have limited experience with Arcus bows,your posts are starting to look like "humping" for revenue". Any high-level restorer or fiddlemaker can get paid for humping various products. My personal choice has been not to do that.
David, i did not understand what you said. English is not my language. If you please want to explain better...
English is my first language and I also did not understand David. :-)
Hahahaha, that's so funny.
Prognostication of what it might sound like if I.... is almost alchemy. I have only two instruments that I would never give up. The rest, keepers, but...I think Andrew Victor and I have spent way more money than some of our instruments may merit playing with setup changes. But then again, I venture to say curiosity is what makes it worthwhile for us. Apologies to Andrew if I offend.
If you play enough instruments in the company of knowledgeable people, you will get to the point where you can recognize a good instrument even if it is not a good fit for you personally.
It doen’t take long to be able to spot a good instument. As per “fitting” to a person... what gives? Violins are just about the only bowed instruments with millimeter tight tolerances in size. If one finds a good instrument within their budget, one should “adjust” to it.