I just picked up my new rented Shen hybrid this weekend, and since I got it home and started really playing it I've noticed that I just cannot get a good arco sound from the E string. I've only been playing for about 3 months and this is only the 2nd bass I've played, the other being a really really beat up Juzek with really old strings. I'm using a cheap fiberglass bow (part of the rental) with pops rosin, and I'm able to get a real solid (albeit not amazing) sound out of the top 3 strings, but the E just sounds incredibly scratchy no matter how hard or soft or at what angle I bow. It sounds "ok" pizzicato, but not nearly as good as the other 3 strings do. These are classical strings. Everything about this bass sounds better than the Juzek I was playing, with the exception of the bowed E. The bridge is adjustable and is currently all the way down so the strings are nice and low. I'm primarily an electric bass player, and I know with a lot of 5-strings the low B just sounds weak and has a totally different tonal character than the other strings. Does the same thing go with the low E on DB's? I'm really hoping this isn't something wrong with the bass because if it is I'll have to drive 2 hours back up to rochester to get it fixed or swapped. Anyone know what's wrong or can point me in the right direction? btw, my bass teacher told me that I should rent a bow if possible because I'm not experienced enough to know which bow to buy. I totally accept that, but if this cheap fiberglass thing is causing problems, would it be silly of me to buy one of the brazilwood bows from Bob Gollihur? Those seem to get really good reviews, and they're not that expensive so I wouldn't be investing a huge amount of money on the wrong bow. I'm thinking it would have to be an improvement over the fiberglass.. Thanks!