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Advantages Of Carbon Fiber Violin Bows

Advantages Of Carbon Fiber Violin Bows

The violin is an extremely beautiful musical instrument that has been loved by people since its invention.This article introduces you to violins made of carbon fiber. To be honest, there are very few carbon fiber violins on the market today, and they are basically customized from specialized manufacturers. However, there are many carbon fiber violin bows, and there are a wide range of choices. This article Let me tell you carbon fiber violin bow.  

The carbon fiber violin bow has good elasticity, light hand feel, pressure resistance and drop resistance, and long service life. Of course, as a musical instrument, the most important thing is to see the effect of playing.

The music played with it is very good in sensitivity, balance, fullness, strength, brightness, thickness, width, purity, and penetration. Sensitivity is the basis of performance, which ensures that the performer can express the music with skilled skills. The balance acts as a bridge. It is used to adjust the violin bows and strings. If the bow material is not good enough, it will not work. this effect.

Wood And Carbon Fiber Cello Bow

Today’s topic is the impact of wooden bows, carbon fiber bows, expensive bows and affordable bows on the sound, and will still be presented to everyone in the form of words. A total of four bows were tested this time. The first one was a wooden bow with a civilian price (a few thousand yuan), and the second one was a wooden bow customized by a famous domestic bow maker (the price is about the same as one in Beijing). house price per square meter). The third and fourth bows are high-end carbon fiber bows produced by Arcus, an Austrian bow-making workshop with 20 years of experience. The prices are about 20,000 yuan and 40,000 yuan respectively.

I have always had a naive methodology: feel and controllability are the basic indicators of a bow, above that is its sound, above that is the artistic value, and above that is the story value. If a bow is not easy to use in your hand, then it has not passed the first level, and there are objective standards for whether it is easy to use. If there are several bows that are easy to control, then you need to compare them. Of course, there are subjective factors mixed in with the impact on the sound, such as the style of the work and the method of playing. If there are several bows that are easy to use and you like the sound, you should evaluate their craftsmanship (such as the curve of the swan head, the fineness of the Paris eye, the carving of the tail library, etc.) and stories (such as who uses it, Collected, reviewed this bow, etc.).

Among the four bows, the controllability of the civilian wooden bow is somewhat unsatisfactory, such as not being able to “follow the hand” enough during fast bowing, and the changes in the overall elasticity of the bow being inconsistent, etc. The cnc machining wood bow has perfect controllability, and the material and design of the bow library make it feel very good.

Here I have another feeling: the psychological feeling brought by the instrument will greatly affect the state of performance, and thus the result of the performance. Two bows with identical physical properties are made of gold and silver accessories respectively. This slight, seemingly insignificant difference will cause the players to produce different sounds, and this is why. Players are never purely rational.

Two carbon fiber bows are lightweight. The weight of a normal wooden cello bow is about 80 grams, but these two are only about 60 grams because their bow shafts are said to be hollow. This weight makes them very “handy” and very light and flexible when bouncing, so from a maneuverability perspective, they score very high.

From a sound perspective, their pronunciation is very clean. If you are pursuing such a sound, they will be a good choice; but players who like thick, richly layered sounds may find their sound narrow, thin, and light, so I once heard the statement “the best carbon fiber bows don’t have the natural sound of the cheapest wooden bows”.

Nowadays, many orchestras at home and abroad will equip their musicians with carbon fiber bows, because they eliminate the trouble caused by the deformation of wood under different temperatures and humidity (of course, changes in the ponytail due to climate change are still inevitable). Therefore, if the player needs to travel in various climates, or lives in a place with frequent and large changes in temperature and humidity, then the advantages of carbon fiber bows are great; after all, if a bow is tightened evenly in humid weather, If it all becomes a problem, then it means it has not passed the basic indicator of “controllability”, and there is no need to talk about some additional points later.

How To Choose A Violin Bow

Factors to consider when choosing a violin bow include:

  • First compare the lengths of the bows and select the longer bow.
  • Look at the material of the bow body. The wood fiber must be straight from the bow tail to the bow head like bamboo fiber.
  • Choose those with denser growth rings.
  • Check whether the bow hair is tight (rotate the rotor at the bow tail). The distance between the bow hair and the bow body of all bows needs to be consistent.
  • Contact the central part of the bow with the string and apply pressure. A good bow can withstand greater pressure and can also make a louder sound. This means that the bow has sufficient tension.
  • Check the felt weight of the bow. The felt weight of the bow is not its actual weight. Choose the one that feels lighter.

In Conclusion

In addition, if you occasionally need to hit students on the head with a bow during class, then a carbon fiber bow will make people less worried. Finally, let me tell you a little knowledge: piano making and bow making are two different industries, which are very different. They are similar to making trousers and making shoes, not making trousers and making clothes. So it is difficult for an outstanding luthier to also be a serious bow maker.

Fullness can show the player’s personality, and the good performance of carbon fiber makes the sound full and loud, which highlights this feature. The dynamics can reflect subtle emotional changes, showing the scene in the music in front of the audience. The requirement for the musical instrument is that it can be retracted freely and has great toughness. Brightness, thickness, and width refer to the sound being thick and high-pitched. Purity requires that the sound be clear and free of noise. Only instruments made of materials with superior performance can meet this requirement. The reason why some of the same musical instruments are expensive and others are cheap is because the quality of the music played is different.   In addition to violins, carbon fiber is also used in pianos, guitars and audio equipment.This article has an introduction. If you want to know more about carbon fiber, please pay attention to China Be-cu Prototype Material Technology Co., Ltd. The editor will update the relevant information regularly.


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