I have no opinion on the bow question, (I know very little about bows) but I heartily agree about the "laser" discussion. I find it heartbreakingly absurd that we say that the old masters are our idols, whilst we do so much that in reality are quite contrary to the the essence of the old italian schools. Because these are above all cherished and admired for things that we modern makers often lack: great individuality, and a certain sprezzatura. I don't think I can find a good English word for the latter on the spot, but it has to do with not making too much of an effort, or at least not to show it! Being relaxed, but with style.
And have I heard complaints about uncomfortably crisp modern bows? Yes!