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OldOgre
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November 22, 2014 - 9:35 am
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Ok there has been alot of talk lately on Bows. So I took the plung and bought a FM CF, just arrived yesterday. I came in a PVC tube that not even the gorilla post could break ( aka USPS). Great job Fm.

I have been using a Brazilwood Bow, So thought I would give carbon fiber I try. Here are my impressions.

first:

Wood bow 57g

CF            63g

they both have good balence, arch is the same, both are straight. the CF bow has more hair on it, but that said the wood bow has been in use.

second:

the major advantage with the CF is that I know its not going to warp or break if I should sit on it...

So far in two days of playing I havent notice alot of differance.

Would I send it back? NO its a great bow for the money and I'm almost positive that it will out last my Brazilwood Bow.

Again thanks Fm for the great service.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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MrYikes
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November 22, 2014 - 11:19 am
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I thought the fm bow was between 59 and 61 grams? or maybe I misunderstood?
I had purchased from China a cf bow that weighed 62.8 grams and liked it, but asked for a bow under 60 grams from FM and got it.  First thing I noticed was that it was very smooth from tip to frog.
But the most important part of the bow is that I now have a baseline from which to work.  I believe in FM's honesty (he has proven that many times here) and he says his bow is a consistent quality and I can now judge all other bows against this one.  That, to me, is worth the price.

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November 22, 2014 - 12:55 pm
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Congrats on your new bow Old Ogre.  Sounds like a good deal.  I also like the sturdyness factor of the FM CF bow.  A bit of peace of mind.  In case of that one time when I leave it out... :)  

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Oldoger, I to on Monday recieved my FM carbon fiber bow, (ordered on Friday recieve on Monday great service) I too liked the PVC packaging in fact it houses my Brazilian wood bow that doen't fit in my case any more. After five days comparing my 3 bows, for me the carbon fiber bow projects and has a better than my Brazilian wood bow, projects as well as my permabuco bow and has a better tone. I can only compare them with my limited technical ability how ever it has become my go to bow for playing.

 

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OldOgre
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Congrats on you new bow. I like this FM CF but need to get use to the weight, it seems to be more tip heavy then my wood bow. But it just be me.. I hate change...lol

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@OldOgre 

I have two of FM's CF bows and one of his Pernambuco ones.

All great thumbs-up

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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thumbs-up for the FM carbon bows. I requested a similar weight one like my light wood bow (very old) and got it, 57grams.

Incredible sound and I love it on my acoustic/electric.

Although I love the sound, perhaps my very old violins don't like the new stuff and actually are easier to play with the heavier wood bows.

Regardless, I wouldn't get rid of my CF bow unless some well deserving gal needed one to go with her new violin! LoL

cheers

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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Fiddlerman
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November 25, 2014 - 8:44 pm
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As far as the weight is concerned, yes, they are usually between 59 and 61 grams. There are always exceptions and more or less accurate scales. If the weight is a problem for you OldOgre we'd be more than happy to exchange it to your preferred weight. :)
We would just have to weight a few and get you the lightest. They are hand made and do differ ever so slightly from one another.

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but the one who needs the least."

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OldOgre
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November 25, 2014 - 10:05 pm
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Hey FM,

no its all good, I'm getting use to it. Besides I can make any bow or violin sound bad.

I'm even getting to like the heavier bow, not squeaking as much. Getting a more even tone.

Thanks again for the great service.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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November 25, 2014 - 11:19 pm
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My pleasure. :)

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