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Mar 11, 2018 - 11:22:11 AM
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fujers

USA

5127 posts since 2/14/2008

Have you ever turned your bow around to where the Frog becomes your Tip and the Tip becomes your Frog. I do It once in a while just for show. Now I don't play like this all the time and like I said it's just for show. The balance of the bow will throw you way off balance but it's fun to pay and I only do this on slow songs because of the balance and it my be the hardest thing you may ever play or....never mind it is hard. Try it. Jerry

Mar 11, 2018 - 12:14:50 PM

21 posts since 2/27/2018

on an old album/CD by Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, and Julia Clifford of recordings done in Castle Island, Kerry, in 1952 or so, there is a photo on the cover, I think, of Padraig O'Keefe holding a bow with the strangest affair at the tip, like the strings are extended downward,,,cork, or something,,,makes the tip look huge. I know that's not the same as turning it around, but it made me think of it

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:02:33 PM

1851 posts since 8/23/2008

Have you tried playing your fiddle with a bass bow..? or, what about adding some weight to the tip of your bow.

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:36:17 PM

21 posts since 2/27/2018

viola bows are popular with some fiddlers,,,in the 68/70 grams range,,,fiddle bows are generally around 60/61 grams (can be lighter, 54 and up), this one I just got is 62, has nice weight in upper third, towards tip

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:39:39 PM

fujers

USA

5127 posts since 2/14/2008

Tried a bass bow no ..I have with a viola bow tho

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:45:28 PM

bluesmode

Canada

686 posts since 2/19/2011

many years ago I played with a viola bow for 2 years and didn't know it. I didn't know that the corner of the frog was rounded. I liked the balance when I bought it, but the guy who ran the music store (a large part of it was violin sales) did not tell me. He must have wanted to sell the bow. It was about $400. a violin bow sure felt light after that.

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:54:36 PM

431 posts since 1/25/2012

Heavier bows are great for 5 string violins, although for traditional 4 string violins, I tend to favor bows less than 64 g.

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:10:47 AM

bluesmode

Canada

686 posts since 2/19/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Pat Brown

viola bows are popular with some fiddlers,,,in the 68/70 grams range,,,fiddle bows are generally around 60/61 grams (can be lighter, 54 and up), this one I just got is 62, has nice weight in upper third, towards tip


I like the balance slightly toward the frog. or if that terminology isn't correct then I mean I don't lke tip heavy. 

Edited by - bluesmode on 03/17/2018 00:14:51

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:31:13 PM
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36 posts since 3/19/2012

Pat Brown, the photo of Padraig O'Keefe with the cork in the bow shows the old-timers' trick for what to do when your bow hair gets slack and floppy, and there's no time to get to the repair shop--just wedge an old wine cork under the hair. Probably not the greatest to play on, but...

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