Many musicians, particularly non-professional players, can feel somewhat disoriented when they want to buy a new bow. Once you are well-informed, it is easier to make a choice. The bow affects the sound of the instrument because it strokes the string as it vibrates.
The instrument actually sounds different with each bow. Does your instrument sound stronger, brighter, or darker with another bow?
We always have an extended stock of bows ready to sell in our shop.
An important criterion …
is not just the bow’s overall weight, but primarily the balance of weight distribution between the frog and the head.
So a bow that is heavier towards the head will feel heavy, while a bow that is heavier towards the frog will feel lighter – even if the weight of both bows is exactly the same. So it depends on what you are used to or what you are comfortable with.
The bow should rest smoothly on the string with a straight stroke and not “flutter”. Test how it responds in spiccato. The position at which spiccato is possible is located differently on each bow.
Take your time when buying a bow.
Try them out in the workshop and perhaps also at home in your familiar music-making environment. Pay particular attention to the timbre, the material, and the playing characteristics.
We will be happy to make an appointment with you so that you can convince yourself of the sound of the instruments and bows in our workshop.
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