Posted by Don on October 12, 2000 at 13:33:58:
In Reply to: Need bow and strings advice posted by Al on October 11, 2000 at 17:37:05:
: I can only afford one Bass at the present time. It's a Kay. I use it in a jazz
: band. It has Thomastik Spirocore Orchestra Strings. Great sustain! but seems
: tough to bow. I only use the bow at home. I'm taking classical music lessons,
: which I like and want to continue. Until I can afford to add another Bass, with
: different strings, what can I do to make the bowed music sound better?
: I'm using a fiberglass bow at present and I think it has synthetic hair.
: Would a better bow help? I don't want to change my present type of string,
: because it's got great sustain.
: I would also like to know if I can do anything with the bow to help the sound.
: Tighter bow? Looser bow? More rosin? Less Rosin? I tried those things
: with no results, but would like an opinion. My teacher is on leave now,
: so I can't ask my teacher. Would someone advise?
Fiberglass bows typically come with synthetic horsehair. You can get it re-haired for $42 by one of the best bowmakers in the USA. I'd recommend black hair, since it is coarser and requires less rosin. Rosin + pizz strings = screech. There is no hybrid string which will give you the sustain you like so much. Before you spend the $100 for strings which may or may not help you, you should get decent bow hair. It's cheaper than strings, and you have to do it anyway, so do it first. And as David says, practice will help your tone.
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