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Hello All, New to the violin and this site, wonderful lessons by the way. I was wondering if someone would please suggest a bow for me. I bought a 20 year old violin and I suspect that the bow may need replacing. Although I am aware that most of the "screeching" is my fault :^). Something under $100 would be my goal. Or more if you could suggest that doesn't make "Minuet I" sound like two cats fighting over a can tuna! Thanks Bruce

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Posted: July 20, 2011
Last Comment: July 21, 2011

Posted: July 21, 2011
Beth, Ray, thanks for the guidance. I will give it a watch.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 20, 2011
Hi Bruce. Warm welcome from me too. The video Ray mentioned is in the Library under Category: Webcasts at the bottom of the list. Feel free to email me if you need more help finding a bow.

Posted: July 20, 2011
Hi Bruce and welcome to VL! You'll find a lesson tucked under Video Lessons Library on what to look for when buying a bow no matter what the price range. Finding a nice bow under $100 is certainly doable for most anyone starting out. Also, as important as buying a bow is the rosin. Most bows that you will buy comes with a hard brick which you have to stratch to get anything on the horsehair. Beth all so has a video, near the beginning of the lessons on what to look for in buying and appying rosin. Beth is fantastic in answering and making new videos to match the varied interests of us students. Something to think about is a gathering of the clan being planned for Austin (where Beth calls home) for next year July 8-12. Cheers, Ray