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Bow for solo/high e string

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by Kristian, Jan 11, 2018.


  1. Kristian

    Kristian

    Dec 5, 2008
    Turkey
    Hi everyone,
    I'm playing a five stringed double bass tuned in fifths from low c to high e.
    I’m playing a cheap but ok French bow right now but I'm thinking of an upgrade.
    I only play solo(no orchestral stuff) and I'm thinking I should go for a lighter bow(maybe even a Cello bow). Any thoughts?
     
  2. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do you do a lot of col legno or hitting the strings with the stick? You might be better off getting a light carbon fiber bow like the Finale or JT Jet
     
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  3. Kristian

    Kristian

    Dec 5, 2008
    Turkey
    I had a German finale and liked it a lot. Now I've switched to french bow though. I just thought maybe I could get a nicer sound with a very light wood bow.
     
  4. Neil Pye

    Neil Pye

    Apr 13, 2016
    Horsham, UK
    I think you'll struggle with a light bow to produce the volume you need for solo work. A lightish bass bow, ok, but a cello bow will probably not have the strength in the stick to transfer your arm weight into the string effectively
     
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  5. Kristian

    Kristian

    Dec 5, 2008
    Turkey
    Yes, but I don't play "classical" solo. I play "jazz solo" and always with a mic. Sorry for not being clear
     
  6. Neil Pye

    Neil Pye

    Apr 13, 2016
    Horsham, UK
    I still think you might struggle to get any weight in the sound. Volume can be dealt with by amplification, but the tone can't. There's a reason bass players use bass bows...
     
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  7. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
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