Okay, so I'm In this string quartet with REAL violinists and cello players... amazing by itself!! By I lent my CodaBow Prodigy to our lead violin player -- and she likes it so much she is trading a viola for the bow! She really likes it (and she normally plays with a really nice "real" bow)! For those who don't know, the Prodigy is the low-end CodaBow that is no longer being made... and I'm thinking if it's that's good, the NX and GX must be amazing... I hope to get my hands on one of those someday!!!!!
when i was buyingi got to take home 2 coda bows to try (and some others in my price range). the prodigy and the other one above it - a diamond? (i was going cheap). there was a $150 in the price. i couldn't tell the difference when i played. maybe it's because i have a crappy fiddle, or i just lack the experience to feel the difference, but no matter the reason, i decided to save $150. :) i don't think my next bow will be a coda bow...but, well...ya never know i guess. :)
Percy, when you are ready to buy, try SharMusic's bow trial program. We tried a Coda GX and a Presto Impulse, the two high end bows that are pretty similar. The Presto was a bit light for me, but my loved it, and I liked the GX. There went a hunk of tax return but we are really enjoying these bows and Amy found that it really helped her get some tough passages down.
I just tried out the low end coda diamond and oh man I have dreams about it. I would love to get it but it's still a bit pricey for me at the moment. I wonder if I could still find a prodigy somewhere...
Just to remind everyone - before we all go rushing out to buy Coda bows.
The fact that the Coda Prodigy bow works well on that violinist's violin doesn't necessarily mean it'll work that well on somebody else's violin.
The same goes for the higher end Coda bows. There are "better" and "worse" bows but generally how any bow works with some violin and some player depends a lot on the "nature" of the violin and on the "technique" of the player.
ok, i just discovered this thread, and now, as a namesake once said, for the rest of the story:
Tarheel makes a good point: a cheap bow is nice to have for performances in uncontrolled settings, and
OTJunky's & MSLogo's words of caution are appropriate, I will explain why:
i liked the Prodigy because it was solid - read "stiff". i have performance anxiety and my good bow is VERY lively. When I get nervous, I get right-hand vibrato-- not a pretty sound! The Prodigy is not as lively, so it doesn't transmit my right-hand tremors as easily. I don't need a super lively bow for the basic fiddling I do, so the Prodigy suits my needs in a fiddling performance situation.
The viola was a lucky find at a pawn shop- very cheap. I knew Percy was interested in a small viola, and with just a wee bit of work (new bridge, new tailpiece, new strings), I figured I could get it in functional condition. It was definitely in used condition (has character) but the pegs worked great.
I did the replacement work to the best of my limited ability, then GAVE the viola to Percy. She is a wonderful person who has brought joy to my life by forming this quartet of ours and simply by being who she is. She didn't want to accept it as an outright gift, so she swapped it for the bow, which she had previously loaned to me. :-)