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Elly and I recently went through the process of finding a bow to bring out the best qualities in her violin. It was a fascinating process. Here are some videos I made regarding sampling of violins and bows: http://myviolinvideos.com/allendianevideotonalqualities.html, http://myviolinvideos.com/allendianevideobowshopping101.html, http://myviolinvideos.com/allendianeviolinshopping101.html. Our experience involved sampling different bows and discussing their differences. For me - fun and interesting. For Elly???

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Posted: August 23, 2010
Last Comment: August 24, 2010
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Posted: August 24, 2010
Anne - Love the descriptions. It's the same idea as describing wine!


Posted: August 24, 2010
that's funny Anne, I also like M2, I am doing more trials and have also recorded a 3 octave D scale with the bows, M2 gives the E string in high positions a much sweeter sound and to me that is a bonus (the others made E string a little more bright/metallic). I think I am fairly 'sold' to M2 but will wait another couple of days to make my decision. D2 is my current bow which I bought in February but I had a different violin back then. M2 to me is better for 'this' violin.


Posted: August 24, 2010

Diane, thank you for the three videos. Faszinating. Your categories for sound are extremely helpful "sign posts". I am trying to apply your categories to my combination of violin and bow:

The colour is rich and dark, with a good spectrum of overtones. It definitely sparkles. And it projects well. I associate smaragd green.

My teacher describes the sound as extremely open, so I believe that means full spectrum of overtones and easy projection.

The texture appears to be a bit rough at times. I've only been playing this violin since April, and I am still learning to treat it right. Furthermore, it hadn't been played for more than ten years when I got it.

I really fell in love with this violin. For me it is enormous fun to play. I like its direct character. Just looking at it makes me happy with anticipation.

As if this were not enough, the violin is gorgeous to look at. My mother calls it the Mona Lisa of violins.

The violin was created by Robert Meadow, a New York based luthier, in 1995. The bow is by Richard Gr?šnke.



Posted: August 24, 2010
Jo, I've listened to your bow demonstrations several times, but I cannot really hear much. Sorry about that. I have perhaps a slight preference for M2, but I cannot really say why. I'd be interested to learn which one you decide on!

Eileen
Posted: August 24, 2010
Yeah, I learned about the importance of the bow in sound quality when I had to play a cheap $50 ebay special violin while the Ole Gent was being worked on. I was using the sartory on the cheap violin for awhile and wasn't terribly disappointed with not having my violin to play..........that is until I had to send the sartory in for some work too and used the bow that came with the cheap $50 special. Oh....my.....word ! I was in literal pain during that time I had to suffice with those two beauts...lol ! I was happy to have a violin to be able to use because playing something, "anything" is better than not being able to play at all....but I was SOOOOOO happy to get my two favorite buds back ! The experience gave insight into the appreciation of a fine instrument and also showed me that.....I owed a great deal to my instrument. You see, I had thought it was "ME" making all those lovely sounds.....LOL !


Posted: August 24, 2010
I loved it!! Really learned alot about my violin and couldn't believe how much of an impact the bow has on the overall sound.


Posted: August 23, 2010
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and this is the second track


Posted: August 23, 2010
This discussion includes members-only video content

here is the 1st audio clip, feel free to vote on your favorite and your least favorite (Beth already voted on facebook LOL)


Posted: August 23, 2010
how interesting that you should post this just now Diane that I have 3 bows on loan...you see I got a new bow last february but then in April changed violin so now I want to make sure I have the right bow for THIS violin so I got 3 on loan, they are all the same price (coincidence as I've tested many up from $200 to $1000 at the shop) but I really just cannot make my mind up which one sounds better on my violin, they all handle well!

Eileen
Posted: August 23, 2010
Got it Diane, not sure what I did wrong the first time, but I found them. Thank you !

Eileen
Posted: August 23, 2010
Hi Diane, I couldn't access the videos with those addresses. I've never yet had to go through that process as my violin came with a bow which plays wonderfully on that violin. I did pick up a cheap $50 backup bow. It was one that was on loan to me as I was having my "good" bow worked on. I found that the backup handled much the same as the sartory, though a tad lighter and sounded decent enough so for $50 I bought it. It's pernambuco same as the sartory, but the fittings are not as pretty...no silver or mother of pearl...lol.