Brazilwood Bow

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Has anyone ever heard of Knilling J. Remy violin bows?

I saw this bow on Amazon.com. I’m looking to get a new violin bow, something solid, because mine is extremely flimsy, but I prefer a lighter bow too. They’re advertising a brazilwood bow for about thirty dollars, but I’ve never heard of that brand. Here’s the link to it- I was just wondering if it looks legit?

http://www.amazon.com/Knilling-Brazilwood-Half-lined-Ebony-Violin/dp/B002Q0WSOS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2WBC6JVI99VWS&colid=1L2TB4YV0HXY4

Sorry Zachary, but as you say, you are no expert. Yamaha is not a brand of bows, they only import them and slap their name on it. The same goes for Knilling. A $30 brazilwood bow can not be any good. Just getting a bow rehaired costs more than that. Wood bows worth buying, even for a beginner, have to be around $50-75. Even with those, they are typically either too soft or too heavy. To make a bow that is strong and properly balanced is not any easy thing, you also have to have good enough wood that you can make into a bow of acceptable quality. A $30 bow won’t do, that would mean that the stick that the bow is made from is less than $1.00. If you are good enough to know that your current bow is not good enough for you, then you need to look at bows that are at least $100 and maybe closer to $150-200. Also, you might consider a carbon fiber bow, many are better than wood bows of the same price, especially in the under $300 price range. Most importantly, don’t look at bows at a music store or the internet. How do you know that the bow that you see in a picture is any better than what you already have, two bows that are identical in look can have completely different strengths. Go to a violin shop and look at bows.
Check out http://violininformation.webs.com/instrumentsandbows.htm and read about buying a bow, types of bows.

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