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3-Star Holstein Pernambuco Bow
What a difference
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September 16, 2017 - 10:46 am
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I now have a bow that is more expensive than my violin, a big step for someone who has only been playing for 2.5 years. I am extremely pleased and fully satisfied that I made this step on the advice of a trusted fiddle teacher who emphatically told my class to buy the best bow we could find under $500. Naturally, I came straight to Fiddlerman, the consummate judge and buyer of all things violin. The beautiful 3-star Holstein bow balances perfectly in my hand, allowing me to actually hold it correctly! In turn, my grip is more relaxed and the sound on the strings is wonderfully rich and full. My modest fiddle sounds so much better, enough so that I can wait 2-3 years to upgrade my instrument, knowing that when I do, I will already have the bow to bring forth its potential.

If you know you will continue playing the violin, then consider the Holstein Pernambuco  bows as a wise step in a gradual upgrade of your equipment. Thank you, Fiddlerman!

Carole, the lurker

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September 16, 2017 - 12:48 pm
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Hello and congrats on your lovely purchase.  I too have a Holstein beautiful bow.

Thanks for sharing.

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September 16, 2017 - 7:32 pm
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I concur completely I really like my 2 star very much!

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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September 19, 2017 - 1:32 pm
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Thanks so much Carole. :)

It makes me so happy to read this.

Thanks Mark and Toni as well. :)

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


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January 23, 2024 - 7:52 am
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I am looking at buying this bow what is the difference between the one star two star and three star? 

January 23, 2024 - 8:52 am
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@creativekyla Please go to Fiddlershop for this. This is Fiddle Talk Forum. Both are owned by Fiddlerman, but this forum is not connected to the shop, otherwise.

We can review products we have purchased, but we do not answer Fiddlershop questions here, as none of us are employed by Fiddlershop. To get the best, most accurate answer, they will be more than happy to discuss their products with you. It is a great shop, staffed by knowledgeable people, and have excellent customer service. 

We welcome you to the forum, and hope to see more of you. 


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January 23, 2024 - 10:03 am
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creativekyla said
I am looking at buying this bow what is the difference between the one star two star and three star? 


All the difference in the world!  If you can afford the 3-star bow, by all means go for it!

I’ve never tried the 1-star, but I do own a Holstein 2-star and a Holstein 3-star bow.  (They’re kept in different locations to avoid flying with my gear.)

I purchased the 2-star first, and it is a very nice bow, nice enough to make me crave a better bow for my second kit.  On a Black Friday, I splurged on the 3-star bow and it is spectacular.  On first use, unaware of my new bow, my husband walked in and said, “You sound really great,” so I knew my reaction wasn’t just subjective.

The 3-star bow brings out an especially warm, complex tone from my violin.  I love it for classical pieces, melodic tunes and slow airs.  Carbon bows hadn’t been invented yet when I started playing the violin, and I really prefer a wooden bow.  To me, the carbon bows I’ve used have a crisp bite to them.

I have a hybrid, pernambuco-wrapped-carbon bow that I really like and I use it for fiddle tunes, day-to-day practice of scales, and outdoor jams.  It’s crisp and warm at the same time.  (I have a double bow-hanger attached to my music stand so that I can switch between bows.) I also still pull out the inexpensive carbon bows for camping.  But for pure beauty playing indoors, nothing compares to my Holstein 3-Star bow.  Hope that helps, @creativekyla.

As @Mouse said, I’m just a FiddlerShop customer and I couldn’t address any technical specifics about the difference between these bows.

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