Cheaper baroque bows?

Cheaper baroque bows?

Anybody know where I should look for a baroque bow on a budget? I currently play with a cheap budget bow, so I’m not looking for anything fantastic - just the length and balance of a baroque bow, but cheap ones don’t seem to exist. Any advice?

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Holy crap, I REALLLLLLY want one right now. Are there any reviews on these bows?

Cheers,
Armand

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What are the characteristics and advantages of the baroque bow?

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The modern form and length of the violin bow was developed in the early 19th century to meet the requirements of the new music of the time, and is now an essential requirement for playing music from the classical era to the present day.

However, the modern classical bow is, I believe, too long for playing Irish traditional dance music, and so you’ll see almost all fiddle players using no more than a third or less of the length of the bow, and some holding the bow some distance up from the frog to get a better balance for the music they’re playing.

The baroque bow was shorter and better balanced for playing the music of the baroque era, music which is closely related in form and playing style to ITM. They are probably difficult to get hold of from other than specialist dealers, but a fiddle player at a session last week let me try out his inexpensive 3/4 length “student” classical bow. I was agreeably surprised by its feel, balance and response and would seriously consider one as a substitute, if only temporarily, for the real thing.

I should also add that I haven’t yet had an opportunity to try a real baroque bow.

Trevor

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Sian Phillips let me try her baroque bow at a Cwlwm Celtaidd workshop. It was gorgeous - very light, very controllable but also expensive!.

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The cheapest I’ve come across to date was priced at £400.

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I believe the baroque bows currently available are made of traditional materials (i.e. a wood stick). Now here is an opportunity for someone to produce a carbon fibre baroque bow, perhaps potentially at less than £100. The c-f classical bows are excellent and reliable products at a price half of that of an equivalent wood bow; I don’t see any technical reason why it shouldn’t be so also for baroque.

Trevor

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I dunno, the idea of a carbon fibre baroque bow just seems wrong to me, I suppose because some of the appeal of those bows (to me anyhow) is the way they look.

The pernambuco ones they have at Shar (the link I posted above) are only $99.00, and the one I played was super nice, though I can’t testify to their consistancy. I’m not sure how they’re selling them so cheap, never underestimate the Chinese, I suppose.

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The inexpensive baroque bows offered by Shar Music are WONDERFUL! I have one. It is absolutely a perfect fiddle bow. The balance and weight are great for fast moving passages. The baroque bow picks up all of the quick ornaments and string shifts easier. The tunes on a whole sound clearer and cleaner. Because of the lightness in the weight of the bow, slow airs can acheieve an airy, ethereal quality.

I really really really like my baroque bow. I’ve always had a problem controling my heavier classical bow. It likes to bounce around a lot even though I’m classically trained and have been playing for 15 years! My baroque bow doesn’t bounce. I have much better control of it. AND, my right arm doesn’t get tired from flicking a heavy bow through a fast reel.

I recommend, if you have a spare $100, to buy a baroque bow from Shar Music. I think the money would be well spent on a baroque bow than a run-of-the-mill, inexpensive modern bow.