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    Trey Upright

    What Bow is the best Bow? What are the Pros and Cons of that Bow?

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    I think bows can be a personal choice. Not to mention the fact that there are so many bows out there that it’s nigh impossible for one person to try them all. Also, there are very expensive bows out there that may be spectacular, but due to their value, are not suitable for every violinist.

    I will say a few things, however.
    1. There is a reason that student bows are called student bows! They are cheap (~$20), because many beginners/beginner’s parents are already considering the adventure to be enough of an expense what with the cost of the violin and lessons. Also, students are only learning how to use rosin and that they need to loosen and tighten the bow. It would certainly be a pity to see a nice bow get misused just because its owner was not yet taught how to care for it.
    2. Two of the factors you should consider when buying a bow is the weight and the balance of that weight. These factors are what will affect how well you are able to maneuver the bow and play each string.
    3. Test out the loosening and the tightening of the bow. I once had a bow that had a mis-correlation between the screw and the hairs. The result was that the screw came out when I loosened the bow, and one day I couldn’t get it back in (the day of a concert, actually!!).

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    Trey Upright

    Thanks for the reply.

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    As far as what I heard, French bows are the best, and most expensive, about $10000.

    I have played on student quality bows, and I have played on more expensive $200, and CodaBow. The one big difference I experienced is ease of play. More expensive is easier to play, and it’s more forgiving. They produce a better sound too.

    Since I have been playing with better bows, my overall bow hold is better.

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    Mackenzie Alldrin

    A pernambuco bow is the best. They vary in quality and price from $100 to $50,000. Out there in that huge range will be a bow that’s the perfect intersection of quality and price for you, if you look hard enough. Real wood just feels so good!

    Brazilwood is a material you’ll find in the $60 price range. It’s not as good as pernambuco, but it beats fiberglass or plastic any day. Definitely don’t buy fiberglass… it’s not a good choice.

    Carbon fiber bows can be junk or they can be really nice, depending on who you buy from and how much you spend. They’re great for playing outdoor gigs because they are so stable and sturdy. Check out a good selection of bows here.

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    William Bickerstaff

    What is best for me may not be what is best for you. It is a matter of personal choice and what works best. I have a nice pernambuco and a nice carbon fiber bow and they both have their place.

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    In my experience my violin chose my bow. I tried many different bows with my violin and some sounded okay, but there were a select few that really made my violin sing and sound amazing. Some bows with my violin didn’t sound good at all, either the sound seemed muted or dead. Was a very interesting experience.

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    I have never thought about this topic. But from my experiance a bow will play well if it is well haired and taken care of

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    What is the price of the most inexpensive profesional bow?

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    I think it was Alexander Markov who said that when buying a violin or bow one should not look at the pricetag but rather focus on what sounds and feels good to the individual. He goes on to say that he played on expensive instruments that were great and some were terrible. I guess it comes to preferance. I have have a carbon fibre bow and it feels good in my hand and sounds good on my violin. Im yet to try some other bows in the future

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