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Re: Bow selection

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Posted by Katie on May 09, 2001 at 19:28:56:

In Reply to: Re: Bow selection posted by Bob Gollihur on May 05, 2001 at 08:43:01:

: : Dear Colleagues:

: : Began playing again after 25 year hiatus;I've got a bass,and I've got a teacher. I need to buy an inexpensive bow to start out with. My lessons are for classical technique(Simandl),but I also wish to play Jazz,Folk,Pop,etc.
: : Teacher says get a German bow. SharMusic offers an A.Schmidt wood bow for $127.00. Anyone know if this is any good? Anyone have any bows for sale(Bob G.,maybe)?

: I don't usually stock bows but have gotten bows in for customers, usually with the basses I sell. I am not familiar with Shar's low end wood bow.

: I usually end up ordering a good quality fiberglas bow with real horse hair (artificial hair is awful) for beginners, and in fact have one myself for hazard duty and EUB gigs - they are fine IMHO for a start, but I'm not criticizing Shar's bow, I'm just cheap and the fiberglas one does the job.

Just a caution but most fiberglass german bows I have seen have a problem with their cheap plastic frogs developing cracks even when the bow is being properly maintained(loosened when not in usde, not overly tightened, etc.) And since a cheap wooden bow doesn't cost much more it'd probably be a good bet to go for the wooden just on durability.

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