I have tried to search a bunch of ways for things to look for on trying new bows and have read what information I could find. I am curious as to what exactly some of you are looking/listening/feeling for when auditioning new bows. I have played about two dozen over the last three plus weeks. Some sound great and dark, some are very full and loud and some just seem to speak easier than others. I have narrowed my choices down to two, one is dark but possibly seems to be missing some overtones, but plays and allows me to play extremly easy. The other is quite possibly the loudest bow I have played, thse sound is very full, could be a little darker but is still great sounding, but doesnt play nearly as easy as the first. With the extra effort put in, it does give back a lot more. Prices are not that different. Both of these bows are around $1000. Most of what I play is jazz/improv based music. The original projects I play with do require bowing on about 20% of the stuff. I did have an orchestra member play both bows for me on my instrument so that I could listen, the fuller one sounded amazing with his playing. He also feels that way. I guess I am wondering if maybe I had the bow rehaired it would work easier for me? I am not a bowing master, but have been in a number of community orchestras for years. I know the differences of sound in the wood and workmanship, but will it affect the ease of use too? Sorry for the rambling, getting ready to spend what to me is a good deal of bread and just checking for all opinions. You guys seem to have been around the block a few times. Thanks for any help.