Posted by Mandogryl on Saturday, November 7, 2009
So, I am just a beginner fiddle-player. Been taking lessons for eight months. My first violin was a cheap cheap cheap (so cheap there isn’t even a label inside) instrument probably made in Asia but frankly I have no idea where it was made. I gave it away after I acquired and repaired my old German fiddle. It was a throw-in when I bought a mandolin/violin double case, and this package even came with a bow. Back then, since I knew nothing about violins, I associated the quality of the bow with that of the instrument, and ignored it. And thusly, when I strung up the German fiddle I had a new $36 bow waiting, sufficient for my beginning efforts. And that bow served okay. Even though I gave the no-name fiddle away, I saved the bow simply because the case I purchased for the German fiddle had holders for two bows, and I thought it would look more…appropriate…to have two bows in my case.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 @9:20:07 AM
Congrats on finding a better bow without even having to leave the house.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 @9:34:22 AM
In anything I've ever done well I've learned that all the tools really matter. When first looking into the fiddle I was told by many make sure your bow is at least as good in quality as your instrument and preferably even better. Good luck in your search, try out as many as possible before deciding.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 @10:53:27 AM
It's amazing the difference one aspect can make regarding the whole process. Does that mean the parts are greater than the whole, or vise-versa?
Saturday, November 7, 2009 @11:12:13 AM
Could be too that this bow is better matched to your fiddle. Could also be that the other bow has hair that is on its way out, and this one has hair that is in better shape.
Glassers do come in a huge range of quality, but even the CHEAPEST play okay. I had one and though it wasn't as good as my better bows, it was certainly a very playable bow for a cheap piece of junk fiberglass bow with a plastic frog. One fiddle I've since sold actually PREFERRED that bow, so that bow went along with that fiddle. Maybe you lucked out even more and this is one of the better glassers.
Either way, Thank The Big Kahuna for Happy Accidents! Enjoy!
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