CodaBow has a new "specialty" bow, the Joule. Price point appears to be just under the SX and more than the GX. I've heard it was developed with 5-string fiddles in mind. Does anyone have any more specific information (size, weight, etc?). Has anyone tried or used one of these new bows? Thanks!
I have two. They're capable of more heavy tip work. Rather nice. I don't have the specifics on the one's I've got, but if I make it to the shop Monday (construction going on) then I can measure them. They're very nice. $540
Thanks for the feedback. I'm still a bit fuzzy about what the design change is supposed to do. What is their theoretical advantage for 5-strings over one of the diamond-line bows? Or, alternately, why would this bow be less advantageous for 4-strings? Is the heavier tip because 5-string players do more tip-work, or is this a characteristic of fiddlers versus violinists? I realize that we all have individual preferences, but in general why would a 5-string fiddler choose a Joule over a diamond DX (other than the $100 price difference, of course)? Or, perhaps it is partially marketing to offer something halfway between the price of the SX and GX? I appreciate your patience with these questions.
I have the Joule and the GX (and a pretty good Brazilwood bow).
I like my Joule for getting a nice strong droning sound when I play sad and slow Appalacian laments. I love the cut in the frog - it's very comfortable. In fact, that's what sold me on it. I like the tiny bit of extra length too. It's not as good at quick bow work when I compare it to my other bows. This bow makes drones and doublestops effortless.
I love my GX because it ALMOST sounds as good as my Brazilwood bow, and is almost as responsive on fast and complex tunes. I bought it because it can withstand temperature and humidity challenges that my wood bow can't. So, when I'm playing in the cold rain at the farmers' market I take my GX. When I have to ride my bike to my fiddle lesson (in the cold damp Oregon rain) I take my GX.
When I want to get the most control out of every note - I play my $500 wood bow.