Round vs. Octagonal bows
Posted 04 January 2001 - 07:37 PM
Posted 05 January 2001 - 08:00 AM
When playability is good on both, I would make a decision based on a (true!) blind test. Maybe you can have a second or third violin for it also.
Play the violin when someone else listens and the other way round. Try different acoustic situations, especially a large room or hall to check for the projection as both bows might sound very similar under your ear but sound quite different from a distance.
Posted 05 January 2001 - 10:35 AM
Round vs. Octagonal - I believe it's really less of a deal than people make of it. Think about it, a hexagonal pencil isn't going to be tougher than a round one, is it? The wood is still the same density whatever shape it is, not like it has a "crust" or anything. My orchestra director, a cellist, really thinks octagonal bows are way better, but I think that all the other factors about a bow such as weight, balance point, etc. much outweigh this, if indeed it makes any difference at all.
Here's a web page where you'll find some interesting stuff about bows that I found when I was doing a project on violin physics/math - http://www.xs4all.nl/~bowmaker/
Posted 06 January 2001 - 01:22 AM
I have had students who could not do certain strokes with more advanced bows that they could with "beginner bows" (such as Glasser Composite). Once one gains the experience, one may learn to do the strokes (albiet with some difficulty) with other bows, but one might play with one of those other bows an entire lifetime without improving because of the initial difficulties.
Also, the violin one is using will have an influence on the choice of bow - and vise versa. For example, a very fine bow may be wasted on a run-of-the-mill violin, because the violin cannot respond to the subtle impulses the bow is capable of. As the other side of the same "coin," such a fine violin may be largely wasted with a lesser bow because the player cannot achieve the desired effects (although some players are so good they can use almost any bow).
Posted 06 January 2001 - 01:54 AM
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