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How many bows do you own?
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Andrew Shumway
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This one was predictable, wasn't it!

I ask because I have a guilty confession to make to @Fiddlerman 

I bought a Stentor Conservatoire II outfit. I dithered a lot and was afraid to have something shipped across the Atlantic, and then I decided I had to stop dithering and jump in and then upgrade in two years' time. But perhaps I should upgrade the bow first so that I have a spare. I definitely want a carbon bow, but the FM CF isn't a real upgrade (not in terms of price, although it may be an upgrade in terms of quality), so I don't know how much to spend or what upgrade path to follow - some paths could lead to having too many bows.

How many bows do you own?

  • One and a spare(36% : 4 votes)
  • 3-5(36% : 4 votes)
  • I own Fiddlershop, lol!(18% : 2 votes)
  • Just the one(9% : 1 vote)
Total Voters: 11

It will be interesting to see how many people claim to own Fiddlershop, lol!

P.S. If you own more than 5 bows, it's OK to claim you own Fiddlershop - I have! (my bad)

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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Someone answered rather quickly. Coincidentally, it's the same as the answer I gave for how many rosin cakes do you own, so I hope that's not a forum bug!

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I answered 2. I have one that came with the violin I purchased 18 years ago. I is stamped with J. Martin and I think it is a beginner wood bow. I like it but it doesn't have good tension anymore so I ordered a FM CF bow to see what that is like. I should have it soon and looking forward to trying it out.

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I answered 3-5, but I have 6... 7 if you include the broken one I never threw away, haha. 

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It's all good.

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Andrew Fryer said
Someone answered rather quickly. Coincidentally, it's the same as the answer I gave for how many rosin cakes do you own, so I hope that's not a forum bug!  

🙂  -   'twas I !  🙂

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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Voted "one and a spare" because I have two violin bows and two viola bows. Again, note that my viola is is my main instrument and I switched to it almost completely within 2 years after starting violin. My backup viola bow cost about as much as both of my violin bows combined.

Primary viola bow: C.F. Iesta hybrid bow, their top of the line. Cost me $520, compared favorably to wood bows I tested that were up to $2500. (When I went shopping for it, I expected to spend $1500-2000.)

Spare viola bow: $250 wood bow, basically an intermediate-level student bow. I actually prefer it for Baroque music because, if held above the frog, the weight distribution resembles a Baroque bow.

Violin bows: both student-level bows, one $150 and the other $100. The $100 bow was the first one I bought (was the cheapest in the shop I went to after I inherited my great-uncle's violin without a bow), and I upgraded to a slightly better bow a few years later when an orchestra I was playing in had too many violas and asked me to switch back to violin for a year.

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Fiddlerman
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October 8, 2018 - 2:08 pm
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ROFLMAO

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Can't stop laughing. Good thing I checked it out.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
ROFLMAO

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Can't stop laughing. Good thing I checked it out.  

I can't quite tell from what you say if the responder was you or someone else.

I did mess that poll up badly - even I now own 6 bows, although at least 3 of them are fit for the trash.

I should either have asked everyone with more than 5 bows to say they owned Fiddlershop, or I should have added one more category.

I haven't answered yet. I'm going to claim to own Fiddlershop too. That might give people the hint.

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Andrew Fryer said

I can't quite tell from what you say if the responder was you or someone else.

It was me Andrew. That is why I was cracking up and glad that I had checked your poll. Otherwise you would have known that I never did it.

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

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October 11, 2018 - 3:59 pm
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Andrew Fryer said

How many bows do you own?

  • One and a spare(36% : 4 votes)
  • 3-5(36% : 4 votes)
  • I own Fiddlershop, lol!(18% : 2 votes)
  • Just the one(9% : 1 vote)
Total Voters: 11

It will be interesting to see how many people claim to own Fiddlershop, lol!
P.S. If you own more than 5 bows, it's OK to claim you own Fiddlershop - I have! (my bad)  

We sell about 10,000 Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bows alone every year. So there is a great chance that many of you own one. 🙂

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

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Fiddlerman said

We sell about 10,000 Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bows alone every year.

Wow, that is a lot. However, they are just cheap enough for it to make more economic sense to replace them rather than get them rehaired, so that will boost sales.

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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Exactly Andrew. That is what helps us make so many sales.

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

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I don't want to be a party pooper, but that makes me wonder about worldwide carbon recycling.

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Hahaha,
The worse part is that we are just small time potatoes in the business. I think. LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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