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fiddlingurl - Posted - 06/26/2007:  20:51:15

What is the best type of bow that i can get? I don't want something too expensive but some where in between cheap and expensive!!! I no that ALL bows are expensive!!!

flatfoot - Posted - 06/27/2007:  00:44:05


Take your time selecting a bow. Most good ones start around 300US and go up from there. Some new experimental types are made out of things like graphite and fiberglas and get good reviews. No matter how much you pay, and how much good advice you get from members of this site, you will have to try many bows to find the one that is right for you.


Twelvefret - Posted - 06/27/2007:  06:07:56

What is the best type of bow that i can get? I don't want something too expensive but some where in between cheap and expensive!!! I no that ALL bows are expensive!!!

Could you go somewhere and try some out? Bows are funny. One of my favorites cost $19. As a general rule, OT fiddlers don't spend that much on their bows.

I have paid between $169 and $230 for others. Check with Gianna Violins since he has several bows and recently showed me a special bow for fiddlers. Just Googe to get to the web site.


Here is an archive of old time music from Berea College in Berea Kentucky,

Jerry Byers - Posted - 06/27/2007:  07:31:35

You can check out Johnson String Instrument at They allow you to try out bows before you buy.


'04 Altman M-F5 #5
'05 Mid-Mo M-2
*something new is in the works*

Buckstrips™ - Strings Without the Ring

fiddlingurl - Posted - 06/27/2007:  08:23:17

Thanks!!!!!!!! And ur right twelvefret my best friend's bow is only 10$!!!!!!!!! I guess it depends on how it feels to you right? :)

fiddlingurl - Posted - 06/27/2007:  10:21:49

I think i'm gonna get MY bow re haired before i look for another bow don't cha think!!!



uncledelphi - Posted - 06/27/2007:  12:24:03

Katie, have you tried cleaning your bow hair? I had an old pernambuco bow that I was sure needed a rehair, but a good cleaning took care of it. As long as the hair hasn't thinned, I would try cleaning it first. My cleaning technique is to curl up the hair in a little bowl and cover it with rubbing alcohol. (Make sure to keep the stick and the frog out of the alcoloh.) I then gently scrub the hair under the alcohol with my fingers, and let it sit for an hour. Carefully remove the hair and dry with a paper towel or two. Let it set for about 15 minutes before putting the bow back together.

Regarding new bows, I highly recommend the Coda Classic. I bought one used for $450. It really helped my bowing technique by making my shortcomings evident. I became a much, much better fiddler in the course of two weeks. I don't ever intend to go back to wooden bows.

Edit: fixed some typos. I can't believe what a dreadful speller I've become.

Edited by - uncledelphi on 06/27/2007 16:11:35

fiddlingurl - Posted - 06/27/2007:  15:07:07

thanks for the advice



fiddlebob - Posted - 06/27/2007:  15:48:20

Bows are not all expensive. I have two. One I paid $ 29.95 US for and the other one was free. Having said that, I will say that I probably need to upgrade my bow. The problem is I don't know enough about bows to make an intelligent decision. The way I play it probably doesn't make much difference. I would probably end up paying several hundred dollars for a bow worth $25.


I never will be real good, but, I ain't as bad as I was!

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