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Easy to fit and helps novices bow correctly. A very inexpensive way to stop bad habits forming. Customer service from them is excellent and they responded quickly and positively to queries (I had an issue with delivery) - all dealt with without fuss or issue. Brilliant.
Die Bogenhalter-Hilfe wurde schnell mit einer bildlichen Montageanweisung geliefert, die durch das Design auch meine Tochter sofort überzeugt hat. Der Bogen muss zwar etwas "geschickter" in den Geigenkasten eingeräumt werden, aber mit etwas Übung lässt der Geigenkasten nach wie vor schließen. Design und Verarbeitung sind ansprechend und qualitativ gestaltet.
I got this to help my daughter, who is an intermediate violinist who has been playing for several years, mostly in school orchestra classes where not much attention was paid to her bow hold. She tends to hold the bow angled toward her instead of away, and doesn’t extend her arm enough when she is playing in the upper half of the bow, meaning she bows all over the place, often over the fingerboard. I have been trying to help her break these habits but she is a bit resistant to suggestions and it’s certainly hard for anyone to change ingrained behaviors.
I got this bow hold buddy thinking, well, it might help somewhat if her bow hold is the underlying issue, but I didn’t have high expectations for it, due to how long my daughter has already been playing. But within five minutes (after some minor complaints about it being awkward, but it really isn’t bad once you have it set up right), she was already playing with long, straight, controlled bow strokes. Amazing! Swapping back and forth with another bow gave her the feedback she needed to hold the non-buddy bow properly. I expect we will do this exercise multiple times in the future but I was surprised how effective a single 20-minute session was.
One note: this seems to be a very safe device to install on a bow, but it’s not something you’ll want to install and uninstall frequently because you have to unscrew the bow pin to install it (our bow doesn’t have too many pin removals left in its lifetime). When the buddy is installed, the bow won’t fit properly in the case as the buddy is rather bulky. We are lucky to have two bows so I’ve temporarily assigned one as the buddy bow and left it out of the case, but that might not work for everyone.
I’m in my sixties and arthritis has made it impossible for me to hold a bow properly. My hand adjusted to the grip immediately, with a perfect balance to the bow. Personally, I would prefer that it not be shaped like a frog, I imagine it’s entertaining to children, but if people knew about this product I’d be willing to bet there would be a good market for it in the geriatric set! That said, I almost didn’t order one due to the price. I think $12-$15 would be about right. I know I would order one for each of my bows, but I can’t afford to at the current price.