D - A - TB gives an idea for which instruments these bows are recommended (Descant (=treble) - Alto (=tenor))- Tenor-Bass).
Bows are very complex “tools”: They have to be hard enough to stand the tension of the hair and flexible enough to allow smooth and convenient dynamic playing. Therefor only a little number of timbers in selected qualities can be used for bow making:
Brazilwood is normally used for student bows. It’s rather stiff but the ideal choice for beginners.
Pernambuco is very common in bow making. It is elastic and perfect for light to heavy bows.
Snakewood has a higher density than pernambuco. Therefor it can be used very well for heavy bows as these can be made thinner and more elegant than pernambuco bows with the same weight. Simple snakewood nearly looks the same as pernambuco but has the same physical characteristic as figured snakewood - and it is much cheaper than figured snakewood!
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