How do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a better bow? Other than just trying new bows and feeling/hearing the difference is there something that is an indicator ?
I am self schooled so asking an instructor is not an option.
Thanks for the question! Normally it’s all about skill level, and not so much time. When a student first starts, playing anything but a fiberglass bow is normally ok. Once the student reaches at least one year experience, I recommend at least a nice Brazil wood bow–or better yet-a starter level pernambuco bow. Once you reach at least three years of experience, I highly recommend a mid-grade pernambuco bow, as it’s going to aid a lot in how you can play your articulation in passages cleanly. After five years, I recommend for sure a mid-grade pernambuco, but even better would be a nice German wood bow. After that it’s all about how much you want to spend to continue to get better bows (that as you spend more will continue to help as you build skill). At 26 years experience, I would never part with my $2,000 German bow and many others love their higher end pernambuco bows as well.
If you are interested in speaking to me directly about bows and/or setting up a 30-day trial, you can call me directly at (616) 299-9196. You can browse my collection of bows here as well. I recommend the Leandro for starter level pernambuco, Pietro for mid-grade pernambuco, and then my Silver Lugar bow is awesome and owned by many of my customers that are willing to spend $800-$1,000. I do payment plans as well on all my bows (up to one year no-interest).