Hi all, A year ago or so I bought a new bow - an Articul. Before this I was borrowing a bow (French hold, cheap student model) and I also had a cheapo German hold bow that came with my bass when I bought it new. I learned using a French bow years ago and after trying the German bow I am pretty sure that I want to continue with a French bow. With the Articul I've found it very difficult to get a satisfying tone. It is hit and miss to get a good tone at the start of each note, particularly on a down bow. I tend to produce an overtone; also the tone is pretty 'in your face' and harsh/strong. Yesterday I tried using the German bow again and went back and forth between the Articul and the no-name German bow; the German bow is definitely easier to get a smoother tone with *much* less tendency to get a screech or harmonic. More info: -Bass is a Christopher 403 (3-4 years old now) -TI strings - bass is used predominantly for pizz, and the bowed sound using the German bow is still good -German bow is cheap student model with white hair and seems to be quite short - perhaps 3/4 size? -'Nice' bow is an Articul with black hair. Bow had absolutely no grip when purchased: Articul Composite Graphite Double Bass Bow - Rosin - On the Articul I've mostly I've used Hidersine Double Bass rosin Grade 2 that is very old... my teacher gave it to me almost 30 years ago and it wasn't new then! I've also got some new Pop's rosin. I used a bit of this on the German bow yesterday. I haven't used this much on the Articul - it didn't seem to work as well for some reason. So... where to from here? Do I need to clean off the rosin from the Articul and start again? If so how I clean off the rosin and prepare the bow?