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Bow

Post by flip18436572 » Fri May 05, 2017 8:23 am

I use the bow on certain songs in our folk/americana/original 3 piece band from time to time. It is time for me to purchase a new bow, and I am wondering what I should be looking for at a reasonable price. I am not planning on playing classical and using a bow for 90% of my playing, but I do enjoy using the bow on certain songs we do, and people always like that I use the bow from time to time.

I use a "French" bow and plan on staying with that.

Thanks in advance for all the helpful comments....

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Re: Bow

Post by wineaux » Sat May 06, 2017 10:30 am

Most players that I know prefer carbon fiber bows, some of which cost more than my basses! I'm a sucker for wood, though. My German bow is from the 1920s and it cost me $200, with free rehairings. I was fortunate to find a shop where I could try a variety of bows before I committed. Hoping you can do the same. Happy hunting!
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Re: Bow

Post by flip18436572 » Mon May 08, 2017 9:58 am

wineaux wrote:Most players that I know prefer carbon fiber bows, some of which cost more than my basses! I'm a sucker for wood, though. My German bow is from the 1920s and it cost me $200, with free rehairings. I was fortunate to find a shop where I could try a variety of bows before I committed. Hoping you can do the same. Happy hunting!
There just are not any quality shops in my area with good recommendations. Carbon fiber is not in my price range either. If I was a professional, and that is all I did for a living, maybe then....

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Re: Bow

Post by bustamelon » Wed May 10, 2017 9:27 am

Coda makes a really good carbon fiber bow that I've only heard praise for. If memory serves, they are in the $200 - $300 range, which is a lot of money to drop on something you won't use much, but is relatively affordable. It's the master wood bows that can run well beyond the price of a great instrument.

If that's out of your range, you can get a perfectly usable cheap CF bow from China on ebay. I've had many. They work well, make a decent sound, and are basically disposable. You don't get htem rehaired, you just throw them out and buy another. These are usually in the $25-$50 range.

Pretty sure Gollihur sells decent budget wood bows too if that's your preference. I would inquire there as to whether you can try something and return if you don't like it.
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Re: Bow

Post by flip18436572 » Thu May 11, 2017 1:51 pm

I ordered a cheap bow and it came in the other day. It has yet to make it to the bass, as I overbooked myself with my art, music and full time job.

I also ordered a different rosin. But, my brain must not be working well, as I don't remember the name of it.... :-)

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Re: Bow

Post by lowendrick » Sun May 14, 2017 11:54 am

I'm happy with my carbon fiber Finale bow. It is one of the less expensive good quality carbon fiber bows. Goes for about $350 I believe.
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