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Thread #89392   Message #1686336
Posted By: fiddler
06-Mar-06 - 08:10 AM
Thread Name: Difference in fiddle bows?
Subject: RE: Difference in fiddle bows?
Thats right!

My most expensive bow is carbon fibre @ around 450 (equivalent wooden bow 900 - 1500) I love it, it feels right and does exactly what I want when I want. A pal borrowed it and hated it.

They also sound different - very different - but that is also related to how the player uses them. some fiddlers use a cello bow on a violin which gives a fuller richer tone - another discussion.....

I used to use a maker in Sherfield on Loddon (Hampshire UK) he had unhaired bows at around 3000 - not what we want fo folk but definitely the sort of thing an orchestral player might use on a 100,000 fiddle.

Expressions about horses and courses come to mind but the final answer with a bow is: -

"I have asked a few fiddle player and the only answer they have come up with is that a fiddle player just knows."