My girlfriend bought me a FM CF bow for Christmas. When I opened it on X-mas day I figured out they’sent the wrong bow. They sent a viola bow instead. I called them the following day and they sent me the violin bow and a return label. Mistakes happen and I’m very happy they dealt with it correctly. I have a CF bow that came with my violin, the bow retails $110 and my grilfriend bought the FM bow for $56 on Black Friday. I was amazed both bows felt and played similarly. I am very happy with the bow. Only thing I would change is having more space between the frog and thumb grip.
You can see the difference in the gap from the pictures. Old bow is the one with yellow tape. Overall I would recommend the FM bow and I would buy it again.
I really like my new Fiddlerman CF bow. To be honest, I am too inexperienced to give more than faint praise: it produces a better tone than the bow that came with the rental, which seems to be fiberglass, with bow hairs of unidentified fiber content and poor rosin-holding ability.
BUT: my Fm CF bow does not look like this! (1) No dot: frog is plain both sides (except for recessed letters "Fiddlerman"). (2) No mother-of-pearl/imitation mop rectangle on down side of frog: metal wraps around, instead. (3) No white-and-grey wrap on stick: a grooved black plastic-looking wrap in this position.
Have they changed the specs?
@Fiddlerman On the product page for the CF bow, I don't see any mention of it being more environmentally friendly, unless I missed it. People love environmentally friendly products. Point out why you removed on the product page, including the improvements, and I bet it'll help sway your customers 😀
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@Fiddlerman This is puzzler. The changes sound like, "this should look classier," or "this might look classier." I must admit that it does, in fact, look a bit cheap. Or at least, ambiguous.
But then it was inexpensive--and the thing I am impressed by is the fact that it VIBRATES. It vibrates while I play, I can feel what I'm playing in my right hand. And as I said in my review over in the store, the sound is ... somehow more three dimensional, if that makes any sense.
Today I saw your video comparing two bows, same model, where you sort of bounce the wood side of a bow off your arm. Doing that, this bow not only vibrates but I can feel the frog end in my hand continue to "ring" for--count 'em--7 seconds. (Yes, it is very subtle toward the end--I had to damp the motion and compare to be sure what I was experiencing.) Now, I don't know if this length of ring is good or bad, for a bow. But the rented fiberglass bow, bounced off my arm, ... well, the tip sort of flexes a bit, but the frog end is just there, no vibration. Inert.
So, I'm a reasonably happy camper with respect to my new Fm CF bow!
Damfino's idea of being more explicit about environmental points--and I would add, functional points--might be useful.
Martha, re the Fiddlerman vs admin stuff - what I've found works best is start with the @ sign, and type enough of the name that Fiddlerman shows up. Select it, and it will change to @ admin. Leave that alone, and when you save the post, it will change back to @ Fiddlerman. (In all cases I've put a space between the @sign and the name to keep it from changing things around.)
Sometimes typing @ admin will get changed to @ Fiddlerman in the final results, other times (as in your post # 11), it doesn't. Quirky software.
I did a little science with bows tonight, ok, just weighed and measured balance points.
Fiddlerman Carbon weave CF bow weighed in at 62+ (scale was bouncing to 63 at times) grams and balance point of 10 3/4". This bow was just purchased for myself to use with my Tower Strings Legend, I love Carbon weave , so had to go with this one.... Plus it helps differentiate it from my wifes plain CF bow.
Standard Fiddlerman CF bow weighed in at 60 grams and balance point of 10 7/8" from the end of the screw. This bow came with my wife's Fiddlerman Artist Christmas 2016.
Brazil wood bow that came with Legend weighed 66 grams and balance point of 10 7/8". This bow came with my Tower Strings Legend, I had previously tried and used the above bow with the Artist and felt it was enough better to do the upgrade to the CF now.
I LOVE the CARBON WEAVE!!!!! Thanks @Fiddlerman for making these!!