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TerryG
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September 10, 2011 - 1:07 am
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Hey I was talking to Barry and ask about bows. He mentioned a fiberglass bow. So I did some research and found these two bows. Just wanted to get some opinions/advice. Going next Tuesday to get my fiddle.

Fiberglass

http://www.johnsonstring.com/c.....8;action=2

 

Carbon fiber

http://www.johnsonstring.com/c.....8;action=2

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September 10, 2011 - 6:40 pm
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I'm planning on getting a better bow, too,

how about the glasser bow from nsamusicsupplies.com?

http://www.nsamusicsupplies.co.....sser-bows/

They are only $31 (I couldn't afford $100 bow).

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The Glasser model for $31 is the same one that came with my Silver Creek violin (actually I two of them because when I returned my second Silver Creek I kept the Glasser bow and returned the violin with one of my Cecilio bows - bad me). But I actually like the Cecilio bows a little better. I don't know what it is but the balance seems better on the cheep Cecilio bows??? If I was you pky I would just save up the money to buy something better and worthy of changing out the horsehair down the road.

Terry that looks like a great violin shop. Seems they know their stuff. You could always call them with questions of the Glasser X series bows.

I am the one that bought a few bows from Sam (the guy selling bows on this site).

The first one I bought was a Vittore Ferra bow and just love it. I contacted him back to see if he had anymore and had one more so I bought it too.

I don't what to say Terry as I'm just a beginner learning and doing my research.

Maybe you could contact Sam on this forum. He did post a current ad here on the forum for what he has left. They are brand new bows and I am a happy camper right now thanks to that guy. What a difference a nice bow is helping with my playing right now.

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TerryG
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September 10, 2011 - 8:29 pm
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Thanks MGN. I'll check out Sam's ad.

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David Burns
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I would love to give you advice on how to select a bow, but I just don't know. All I knew was I wanted something better than the bow that came with my violin. So I spent some money, and I am happy with it. It could have turned out the other way as well.

 

Good luck in your search.

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Fiddlerman
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September 11, 2011 - 6:00 am
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If this is the same Arco bow that I have tried, they are good bows for the money. The price seems to have come down tremendously as well. Weight distribution is extremely important with bows but you can't test them before buying them online. If you can find a retailer you can try it first. The advantage of a carbon fiber bow is that the bow will be the same from one to another compared to pernambuco wood bows.

If you play enough, know you will use it and can afford it, buying a good hand made pernambuco wood bow is the way to go. Unfortunately they cost an arm and a leg. There is nothing wrong with buying old bows either. I have two German bows, Pfretzschner and Albert Nürnberger and one French bow by Vigneron.

If I knew then what I know today, I could have bought some fantastic violins and bows for the money. This is true about a lot of things though. I payed $300 for the Nürnberger and it is worth at least $4000 today. Payed much more for the other two though.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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David Burns
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Hmm,

Investment quality bows. I see a ponzi scheme in my future!

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