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Can your ears figure out which bow is the cheap one?

Playing with good quality instruments is very important because it gives musicians the certainty that they will respond accurately. However, there's a point where price might not reflect the "quality" of the instrument. In this case, we have a bow. 

Our friend Esther Abrami made a video comparing both and we think that she made a good point here where she decided to compare a $500.00 violin bow vs a $160,000.00 bow. Of course, we are not going to say that $500.00 is a significant expense for many violin players and we would hope that one of those can really make good quality music. However, we'd like to justify the $160,000.00 expense and hope that at least the bow can make a difference for the performer... However... can YOU hear this difference?

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More about Esther Abrami

Described as a 'rising star' by the Strings Magazine, Esther has performed in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall in New-York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre in London. Her most recent performances as a soloist include a concert with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra in New-York and recitals at the British Embassy in Paris and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. She was recently invited to perform at Classic FM studios.

Esther has been awarded a first prize at the Vatelot Rampal violin competition, at The Arts of Instrumental Performance Concert Series "The Arts of Strings" and at the IMKA International Music Competition. She has recently won the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition 2017.

Esther's extensive and ever-growing following via social media has led her to become an ambassador for renowned music-related brands such as D'Addario Orchestral, Newzik and Beaumont Music as well as for fashion luxury brands including Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancôme, Daniel Wellington, The Kooples and many others. 

Born in France in 1996, Esther graduated from the Aix-en-Provence Conservatoire at the age of 14. She continued her studies at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester with Jan Repko. In 2015, Esther began her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in London and currently studies with Leonid Kerbel. This year she is representing the Royal College of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She has had the privilege of working with many distinguished musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Alexander Markov, Regina Carter, Lewis Kaplan and Charlie Siem. Esther plays on a Carlo Giuseppe Testore of Milan violin, dated ca. 1700, label Giovanni Grancino.

Maybe you did not know violin bows could be so expensive. But yes, here's a few examples of bows over the $500 mark right here from Amazon. Please feel free to explore the listings. Of course, you will want to try them first, so an online retailer might not be your best option to purchase your next bow. Make sure you visit your local music store or find a local luthier that can help you test their selection. 

Yet... maybe you do want to take a peak at those "inexpensive" bows.

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