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There you go. That's one of the reasons FM is my preferred store.
I knew they were awesome even before this lol...
Anyway Pierre, my order ID was 33822, but please watch the video again and only send me anything if you think that's going to be an issue in the long run. So far only like 15 hairs came off and there's about like 10 more which are loser than the rest, but are still on there and ofc there's plenty of more to play with, which appear to be secure for now.. so I dunno.. (<insert joke here>: maybe I should just try some anti-harifall shampoo on it lol)
Cheers and thanks for everybody's concerns 🙂
LOL @ryonass - black, grey, yellowish, white - trust me on this - if it comes from FiddlerShop - it will be FINE !!!! (It is a GREAT general purpose bow, you will love it unconditionally !) Yeahhhhh
I had an old cheap wooden bow from a 1980#s SkyLark fiddle - it had an "accident" and it broke at the tip, but I kept it ( for other reasons..... hahaha - but I won't go into that other than mentioning "4-string-chords-on-a-fiddle" ) - but at that time, someone on the forum had referred to a bow with colored hair - I dyed the hair of that damaged bow in red food-coloring - it turned out a nice shade of yellow... and yes - I have used it "upside down" ( stick below neck, hair on top, held in place by right-hand ) to attempt 4-note chords on the fiddle.... VERY STRANGE THING TO DO, I have to admit... LOL
Happy Xmas man !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
OK, so I finally bought a FM 2-star Pernambuco bow. I'm a beginner and I don't have many bows with which to compare it but here goes.
My FM CF bow has served me well and is probably better than my current level of technique but I have heard that I will get better tone with a wooden bow.
I purchased a bow on Ebay that claimed to be Pernambuco (no way considering the price) and it seemed to be no better than the CF bow. It will still serve as a good practice bow and it cost less than the price of a re-hair.
I purchased a "Master Level" Ipe bow (again on Ebay) and the tone from it was somewhat better than the CF bow. It was considerably stiffer. It cost about the same as the CF bow so it wasn't a bad deal.
So I bit the bullet and went for a FM 2-star Pernambuco bow. From the other bows I have determined a weight and balance that seems to work best for me and I asked Fiddlerman to select one with those spec's, which they did. What an improvement in tone this bow made! Especially to the G and E strings. Also, the sweet spot for good tone seems to be wider now. That has other effects. When I don't have to struggle as much to stay in the sweet spot I can concentrate more on the myriad other things I need. I noticed that pitch, ornaments, and even my memorization of the songs became better. I'll still use the other bows for practice most of the time but when I want to sound my best this 2-star bow will be my choice. I can't wait for my teacher to hear it at my next lesson.
The 3-star Pernambuco was out of stock and that would have been my choice but I suspect for someone like me I am just as well off with the 2-star. Whatever, I am so happy with this purchase. I see the wisdom in the statements that your bow should be half the cost of your violin.
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