What qualities might indicate a dark sounding bow? What I've decided that my ideal situation would be this. For jazz/pizz playing I'll likely be a Spirocore guy forever. It's just the way it's gonna be. But -- I'm really into the arco thing. I've had a chance to mess around with a few bows, and I find I can get the sound (or the beginnings of) with very dark sounding bows without having to make a lot of adjustment in touch to mask a bright sounding bow on notoriously bright strings. In other words, with my current bow which is on the heavier side (haven't weighed it) and very stiff, the bow is naturally pretty bright. In order to get a sound that I like, I have to really watch how I use it to get a sound that isn't obnoxious, which then feels like I'm using about 10% of what the bow can do. I have a borrowed bow right now, and German made French bow, which is also quite heavy but feels a little less stiff. It sounds considerably darker by its nature and I can use more of the range of the bow, tonewise. With my bow (German, BTW), I can recreate most of the timbre range that I can get with the French, but not with the same range of dynamic. I'm kind of in the market for a second (or first) bow, and I'd like to know if there are things that I can look for right off the bat that will help me find that dark-sounding bow. To add to that, I'd like a light 'n lively stick -- is this within reason?