I wanted to pretend I knew nothing about the bow, since usually when I become a "baby" with a subject, I learn an amazing amount of information. I want to know what I don't know, since I already know what I know...
(Um...perhaps I need a bit more coffee this morning. That actually sounded like a great statement in my head.)
So, first, I looked up the subject on Wikipedia, and was surprised to find that a new type of bow had been invented. It's called, the INCREDIBOW. Ooooo, shiny...
Here are the Incredibow's "important features" from the official Incredibow site:
- Hair and stick are warranted to function well for a minimum of three years. We have no idea how long these components will last.
- Incredibows need no tensioning. Hair is pretensioned and always ready to play.
- Most musicians report increased volume and clearer tone compared to horsehair, with need to rosin less often.
- More and more musicians are ordering our featherweight Incredibows, reporting faster action, less fatigue. Some musicians who have given up hope of continuing to be able to play due to arthritis or other crippling conditions, have returned to playing when using our featherweight Incredibows.
- Incredibows have been compared by several musicians to good traditional bows costing $500 or more. A couple of cellists have reported retiring their $1,000 to $6,000 bows in favor of using Incredibows.
- More and more professional musicians are now using Incredibows as their primary bow for full time play. Bluegrass, Country, Cajun, Irish Fiddle, Symphony Orchestra and Rock Bands are some venues finding Incredibow use - in many countries around the world.
Never heard of them, like me? Curious to know more? Check out their official page:
Maybe I'll have to get one!