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#1 pigcat

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 02:44 PM

Just got my hands on the Arcus Cadenza... What an amazing bow! It
absolutely blow many wooden bows away immediately, including my
current Gold E. Dorfler 4 star bow!



It draws a powerful yet rich sound, yet very clean and pure. It
really make a big difference from my Dorfler bow, and draw out a
sound that'll numb my ear after some while of playing, which have
never happen before! I've tried many bows, forgot what's the price
range, but definitely not macho priced at 5 digits. At first, it
seems to give the impression of making 'less' sound, but it
actually filter out all those unwanted noises, making it absolutely
'quiet' yet powerful bow! When playing with piano, I can feel that
the sound under ear was significantly softer than my dorfler bow,
but not the case in the audience perspective! It turned out to be
louder when listen from distance! And it seems even more easier for
the sound to travel too! As for the articulation? As usual what an
Acrus will do, PLUS the admirable smoooooth cross strings bowing,
which never been happened with wooden bows on my hands, and the
bites are really flexible, you want it to bite, it'll bite whenever
it's called to. Of course, it's light, not everybody like light
bows...



I think a good bow just like a good violin, a good violin will
sounds powerful and smooth at distance but not necessary the same
under ear. I could be wrong, though. I never play on very good
wooden bow so I cannot confirm this. Funny thing was, the acrus
seems to sounds significantly different from my dorfler bow only on
my violin, while not the case for other violins. So I believe that
the best bow is *the* bow for your violin...



Probably the very best bow for under $5k...

#2 mmmm

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 10:36 PM

I have to agree with you, pigcat - I've been playing an Arcus Gold Cadenza for the past two days and it's very impressive. I want to give it some more time because it feels like I'm having auditory hallucinations - I'm not playing on a great violin, and suddenly it's sounding great. Especially when I'm in upper positions, the Arcus seems to maintiain the sweetness and integrity of the tone.

I wonder if, over time, some Arcus owners start to crave playing on wood bows? Or is the feeling always this good...

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 01:28 AM

how is the bounce?
I've tried several arcus bows and the bounce(spicato,off strings) is something I thought it never worked for me.I now the balance point is lower ,I was accommodating that,but the stick is so stiff.

Gabriel

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 02:16 AM

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Originally posted by: gabi
how is the bounce?

I've tried several arcus bows and the bounce(spicato,off strings) is something I thought it never worked for me.I now the balance point is lower ,I was accommodating that,but the stick is so stiff.

Gabriel


Somewhere, somebody noted that people might have trouble with spiccato in Arcus bows, and the solution is to loosen them a bit. That is, there is a tendency to overtighten Arcus bows, and being too tight makes spiccato difficult.

It's easy to overtighten an Arcus bow. First of all, if the hair is drawn away from the stick on an Arcus bow as far as the hair is drawn away from the stick on the usual wood bow, the hair on the Arcus bow is too tight. Because of the very stiff stick, the hair need not be drawn as tight (judging visually) as one might on a wood bow.

The second reason it's easy to overtighten an Arcus bow is "deutsche Wertarbeit," German quality work. The screw on an Arcus bow turns so easily -- because everything in the frog fits together so precisely -- that it's easy to crank the screw past the point where the hair is overtight. The screw doesn't offer the resistance to tell you that the hair is now tight.

I bet you can tighten your favorite wood bow to the proper point with your eyes closed. You know when you've reached the proper tension by the resistance in the screw. Well, some of that resistance is not from the hair but from the screw itself and from metal rubbing against wood. Try to tighten an Arcus bow with your eyes closed, and because of how smoothly everything works, you'll probably overtighten before you feel any resistance.
Caveat lector!

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 10:31 AM

My local violin shop does not carry this brand. (They have Coda). I don't know why. If I have
a chance to try it, then I will believe it. Wait and see.

#6 gabi

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:03 PM

skiingfidler,

I,ve tried all the possible tensions,including no tension at all in the hair ,but still...

The screw is actually mounted on a ball bearing which accounts for easiness of turning.

Now I play on a cheap carbon fiber bow which I regraduated myself with pretty good results.

Gabriel

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 03:00 AM

Hi everyone,



I agree on the overtighten thingy, I often tighten it too much and
find it a little hard to do spiccato and upbow staccato. Once I
found the right spot then I'm in heaven, it plays wonderfully.



Interestingly, a professional violinist who tried a real
Tourte (around $120,000!!) bow before pretty much dislike the sound
of the Arcus. He said it does not sound "alive" compared to wooden
bow. He commented that a good old french bow will give a more
complex sound and will make a violin sounds totally different! I
have no doubt a good old Tourte will sounds great and superior to
any modern bow, but I think Arcus is something entirely different,
and behave differently from a traditional wooden bow, so it still
need some time to get accepted IMO. I think a good old wooden bow
will give pleasing sound even under ear, while I think Arcus is
doing great on the projection instead. I had somebody play the
violin with the Arcus bow, it sounded really fantastic!




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