I have a few small questions about my violin, so rather than post many posts about small barely existant problems i thought i'd post 1 post with some of my questions/thoughts =]
1 - Strings.
I was thinking sometime after my exam (in Feb/March) of trying some different strings for my violin. So far i've only ever tried the practically-barbed-wire strings that came on my first violin (Stentor 2 :|) and dominants.
What other types are there to try and what are they like?
2 - Bows.
I got a new violin a few weeks back, dunno if you read about my beloved Fidelio 120 year old German violin, copy of a strad. Anyway it didn't come with a bow or anything. I'm planning on buying a new one in January or Febuary.
My current bow is really bad. Ych a fiiii >_< It's the one that came with my stentor. The bow hairs look and feel like bad plastic. No matter how much rosin i use it still doesn't wanna grasp the strings properly and makes a sort of hissing sound. ¬_¬
Anyway sorry i keep going off the subject. How much should i spend on one to get a fairly decent one? Never bought a bow on it's own before, so i don't have much of an idea.
Do you try them out when buying them like you would a violin? (i.e. should i take my violin with me to the shop XD)