Can you hear the difference between a $500 and $160,000 violin bow?
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Very interesting...can you hear a difference? I tried to copy the videos here and could not, so you'll have to click on the page and listen to the sound in the videos there.


 http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/...olin-bows/
Can you hear the difference between a $500 and $160,000 violin bow?
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These four violin bows range from $500 to $160,000 in price. Can you hear the difference?
If you’ve got a well-trained ear, you’ll probably be able to hear the difference between a cheap modern violin and an expensive antique. But have you ever thought about how the violin bow might influence the instrument’s sound?
Esther Abrami is an Instagram violinist who has released a comparison video of the four violin bows she tries with her 1690 Stradivarius.
Violins can be some of the most expensive instruments (yes, Stradivari, we’re looking at you), so the cheapest bow Esther uses is worth a still-eye-watering $500. 
She then plays Monti’s Csárdás on three more bows: a $40,000 François Voirin, a Joseph Henry on the market for $90,000, and a Dominique Peccatte model worth a whopping $160,000. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the sound gets warmer and smoother as the bows increase in price.

Check out violinist Rob Landes’s comparison video of two violins, worth £50 and £250,000:
Rob Landes - Hallelujah
'Hallelujah', played on a £50 and a £250,000 violin. Spot the difference!
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Here you go, Z! Just needed to find it on YouTube.



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And here's the Rob Landes video mentioned at the end of the article.



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What about the second one where they used different valued violins?
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Check my last post. LOL
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OOPS! You snuck that in as I was posting my question...THANKS!
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As a point of information, I have discovered that almost any video posted on a website (unshareable on FE) has also been posted on YouTube (shareable on FE).
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(01-11-2018, 07:09 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: As a point of information, I have discovered that almost any video posted on a website (unshareable on FE) has also been posted on YouTube (shareable on FE).

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I can hear and feel the difference. I tried a few dozen bows recently between the $500 and $25,000 range. The difference in control is astonishing. Techniques that require great control on a crap bow are effortless on a good bow. It feels like it plays itself. No effort required. Beyond $50,000, you are just paying for the antique, but below that, the difference in quality and result is real.
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There's definitely a difference in the tone. Unfortunately, the video is fairly compressed, so it's not as easy to discern as it would be in person, or in a less-compressed video. But that's youtube for you. There are a couple of gentlemen who have a show on youtube, f'rinstance, called The Doug and Pat Show (here), through which they examine the difference in sound of various classic guitars and amps. They're fun, and very knowledgeable on the subject, and use good quality mikes and cameras to try to miss some of the compression/sound quality issues. But video and sound being how they are, it's always gonna be better in person.
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