In light of our October issue feature Finding the right bow: A marriage made in heaven, where string players and makers share their experiences of searching for the right bow, check out this video from violinist Ray Chen.

Chen is joined by Joel Link, faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music and first violinist of the Dover Quartet. On location at Frederick Oster Fine Violins, the pair listen to each other as they try out bows, with the makers and price revealed at the end of the video.

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