Jonpaul-avanti and coda diamond-gx violin bows
If you had to pick between these 2 bows, what would it be? What are some pros and cons about these bows compared to each other? What are your experiences using these bows?
I did a trial with both of these and ended up loving the Codabow Diamond GX. And of course, the bug got me to try something new and ended up selling my Codabow and purchased the new Marquise. I love it. Great for orchestra playing and outdoor gigs. Fast response, good weight, smooth handling.
But what about the SOUND of the bows?
Oops sorry about that! I can't say too much about the sound of the jonPaul as it didn't feel as good as the Codabow so i didn't mess it much.
I may be wrong, but doesn't the jonpaul bows offers two options, ethier stiff and flexible sticks???
I tested JonPaul Carrera against CodaBow GX and Marquise. Much prefered both sound and handling of the JonPaul. I tested both firm and flexible version and prefered the firm.
I think sound is still specific to the individual stick, and how it will be on an individual violin varies. I prefer the Avanti to the Coda Diamond GX, for its very neutral, balanced feel in the hand. I prefer sticks with average-to-slightly-high balance points, an even draw, good balance throughout, that are strong and lively.
I dislike the Codabow GX intensely...the response and tone quality have never been to my taste, and I find the general articulation and sound to be overly brittle. I had the opportunity to test the Marquise GS model before its general release, and I find it significantly better.
Which is more natural to you?
I would consider genuine pernambuco Brazilian bows in this price range.
Asking about how a bow "sounds" is a very tricky question to answer because a lot of how a bow sounds depends on the specific violin it's being used on and the person playing it.
Not only that, but you can get some nominally similar bows that are much different in sound or response. I ordered my carbon fiber bow from Cleveland Violins. Great deal, especially at $500. They sent three, and they were all obviously from the same shop and could be described much the same way. But one was much better than the other two, for my gear.
I'll second Lyndon's recommendation--I recently tried a number of less expensive nickel mounted pernambuco bows from Arcos Brasil right under $500 and they are really a great value. I think I still prefer their firmness and sound over most of the carbon fiber bows in this price range.
Like others have said, it depends a lot on your instrument. In my personal experience, with my violin, I preferred the tone of most JonPaul models over the Codas I tried (I tried a couple of NX, but not the GX). I ended up with a JonPaul Muse (I also have a JonPaul Fusion as a back-up bow). I have a couple of students with Coda bows, though and really love the way they feel in the hand. If I ever upgrade my violin I may try some Codas again.
I played Codas for years (Classics and a GX) and switched to a JonPaul then to Arcuses.