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Broke my brand new bow
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Hman
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The only logical explanation is that I was tightening the hairs a bit too tight I guess. I was taught a pencils thickness between the hair and the bow. I don't know. I was practicing droning at the time and possibly was doing it a tad bit hard but I don't think I was. Anyways, it was only a $50 bow. But it and my violin are brand new so that's the part that sucks. I either get the same bow or I can get a carbon fiber bow for $80. Thoughts? I like the idea of a carbon bow but I'm sure purists will say it's no good. Opinions are welcome!

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Wow, that's too bad! I didn't know that could happen. Where did it break?

I've got Fiddlerman's carbon fiber bow and I like it. And his price is lower.

http://fiddlershop.com/fiddler.....r-bow.html

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It broke at the head. The head almost perfectly broke off parallel to the bow. FM's is very tempting. I'm probably gonna go trade in my el cheapo Chinese violin for a new carbon bow at my local shop. If I don't or something falls through I'll definitely get FM's bow.

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June 22, 2012 - 8:04 pm
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You should return the bow. There must have been something wrong with it. A bow shouldn't break like that. You wouldn't believe the abuse I give my bows.

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Yea, I bought this violin and bow from my instructor as I wanted to support him even more than my local shop. He's amazing and helpful just like you FM. I felt great giving my money to him instead of my local shop. I've bought enough from them, they won't miss out lol. So hopefully he'll be cool about it. It does seem odd. I expected hairs to break off if I ever tightened it too hard, not the actual wood to break. 

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That should never had happened, even to a cheap bow.  I would definately return the bow and get it replaced and buy a CF bow from FM then you'll have two bows and one will be a good CF bow for when you buy another violin.

 

If you want to see someone beat up a bow watch Fiddlerman on his video playing a Yanni tune. The hairs are breaking and he's just playing on.

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I agree 100% with everyone. Defective bow. Return and get a CF bow from FM. I love mine and its the same weight as my Pernambuco bow.

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I agree with everyone else, had to be a defect in the wood. I have 5 bows and the FM CF is my fav.dancing

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Awww, dude!  That has to suck.  He,y hope ya get a good one this time.  Try to get the teach to replace it.  And if you do get the FM bow from Fiddlershop, lemme know how ya like it.  Always nice to get honest opinions from the cool cats in here!

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I also agree with everyone that there must have been a flaw in the wood for it to break like that.  I very much doubt that it was anything you did.

CF bows are supposed to be very good for durability, but I can't say for certain since I have never used one.  Lots of good players seem to like them though, so I have been considering one.  Might be a good bet for you, for reliability, good weight and the other characteristics.

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I just got back from my local shop. I traded in my Chinese violin straight up for a CB bow. So I guess that's good. Again, not trying to take away from FM. I just wanted to get rid of that violin anyways and I wouldn't want to wait 5 days for a new bow. It's ultra light, I'm excited to play with it!

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If one doesn't at least somewhat support the local music shop by buying at least the items one can't really wait for.. Eventually you may not have a local music shop. 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Congratulations.

What is a CB bow by the way?

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Carbon Black? dunnofacepalmroflol

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Ahhhhh I understand. Carbon Bow. I must have been half asleep. All in all it probably wasn't that bad of a deal. How much did you pay for your Chinese fiddle. Some Chinese fiddles cost thousands of dollars and worth every penny.

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LoL. Yea, I meant carbon bow. And I payed $150 for the violin and I got an $80 GVC CFX bow for it. So I was happy. I didn't have to spend any money and I have a little bit better bow than I had. I just got done playing a little bit with it. I do like it. I actually think that with that bow I'm feeling the notes more with my bow hand. My bow hand has good positioning of the fingers and whatnot, but I think it has loosened up. My hand has never really followed my arm like a paint brush like FM has shown in his videos. However, I believe all of a sudden I am doing it. It feels different because the up and down strokes require a shift of weight in my fingers (assuming I'm doing it properly). Hopefully I can actually start doing it all the time so that I can show my instructor (if he doesn't call out again) to see if I'm doing it properly. 

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Good for you Hman, i think the carbon fiber bow is my next investment.  My bow is decent, but i only have one and think an extra is in order.

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Yea, can't go wrong with carbon fiber for anything right?!

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Now all ya need to do is post of vid of you playing with your brand new toy!!

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lol. I don't know if that will ever happen. 

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