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FM's Carbon Fiber Bow (A Review)
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TerryT
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Yep, pants =bad

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I don't know... Way too many of the hairs came out of mine down on the frog end. I have to get it re-haired to judge it.

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You must have gotten a bad one Scott. Send it back and I'll replace it. I don't loose any hairs from mine and I play like a maniac....

Sorry about that.

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No problem and thanks for doing an exchange. I must of got the bad apple out of the bunch. Now that's great customer service! And get this Pierre, I bought a Mendini 650 about a year ago and just took it out of its case the other day for the first time in a long time and noticed the string action was way too high at the end of the finger board the low G and high E are both at 9mm above the fingerboard. KKmusic store agreed to exchange that as well after all this time.

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myguitarnow said
...for the first time in a long time and noticed the string action was way too high at the end of the finger board the low G and high E are both at 9mm above the fingerboard..

9mm WOW

 

Probably looked more like a minature cello than a violin! facepalm

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I'm sure you did Scott. I'm glad I found out about it though. I don't know how I would check without pulling on the hairs for example.

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I still love mine. Have tried several others.dancingdancingbananadancingdancing

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For sure Dennis, I don't know what I was thinking but at the time I had some extra money and no clue on how violin action should be.  KK Music store has always given me great customer service. Their Saxophones are kickass and easy to play and sound almost as good as a couple really expensive sax's that I have. So I went for it and bought 5 low cost violins from them all in one month so I could compare different sounds to see what would work for me. Now that I'm broke again, I don't think that way anymore ;-)

There was a guy on Fiddlermans forum trying to sell some bows but he was kind off a jerk with his attitude but I bought a bow from him cause i did a little research and those were Italian made bows. I bought one and loved it then bought 3 more from him and they are beautiful bows and i can't wait to show Pierre these bows when he comes to SoCal in Jan.

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myguitarnow said
I don't know... Way too many of the hairs came out of mine down on the frog end. I have to get it re-haired to judge it.

Hmmm that's strange! Mine lost only one hair - by my own fault, when was getting it out of the case.... It doesn't loose them even if i drop it on the floor (yep, i'm clumsy facepalm)

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I have lost more hair than my bow.

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Kevin M. said
I have lost more hair than my bow.

LOL!!

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Fiddlerman
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I'm still waiting for you to ship your bow to me MGN. I think you will be very happy with the replacement.

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Yep I'll ship it tomorrow and let you know.. Again thanks.

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Do you still have the pipe? If not, I can ship a new one and you use the same pvc pipe to return it.

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My CF Bow is still in perfect condition, and YES, I use it.amuse

 

I have cleaned the hair a couple of times but that's all... it still pulls the notes off the strings with ease.

 

Thank FM for carrying such a great product. It makes learning and playing and practicing a pleasure...which makes for a longer practice session and a better attitude...thumbs-up

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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Fiddlerman
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Now that is a great review.

Thanks Dennis. I appreciate it. :-)

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Just received mine today and I must say, I'm impressed!  After playing it for a while, I went back to my bow that came with my Palatino and realized how badly my old bow was warped!  

No hair problems with mine, either.  

I love how balanced it is!  It's starting to help me more with my bowing technique as I do not have to fight any extra bow bounce! LOL  I get enough of it on my own! :D  

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Fiddlerman Bow arrived today but I didn't get to try it as we arrived home late after 14 hour road trip.

Only question so far... was it supposed to come in two pieces?  Was  the pencil in the package intended to connect the two?

Just kiddinglaugh  The packaging, as others have mentioned, is bullet proof.  The bow looks great and I'm looking to trying it out tomorrow.

I hope the new instrument arrives soon so I can try the two togethercrossedfingers
hmmm... then I may need an effects pedal, an amp,... maybe learn how to play....

joe

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LOL!

Congrats, Joe! party

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OK, I've gotten some sleep and was able to check out the bow for a little while.  Seems like a nice step up from what I had been using.  It does not have that typical "carbon fiber" look, perhaps because it is braided rather than woven carbon fiber.  You could easily mistake it for black fiberglass.  One of the first things I noticed was that compared to the inexpensive wooden bow (amazon) I was using, there seems to be zero bounce!  Sweet, because I had been working for a while to try to completely eliminate that.

Tone seems good as long as I don't let the bow wander though at times there are some... hmmm... what to call them... airy spots.  Some no doubt due to left hand latency issues I'm still working on and some I think have been due to rosin built up on the strings.  I overdid it a bit on applying rosin to the new bow.

The balance of the new bow feels really good.  tip to frog is not the effort it was with the other bows I've used.

FYI, the description says the stick is round, which it is, but the grip end of the stick is hexagonal like a "normal" bow.

I weighed the three bows I now own:

26 yr old "student" fiberglass bow = 58.3 gr

6 month old Amazon "Full-size 4/4 Pernambuco Nickel/silver Mounted Violin Bow" = 62.3 gr

Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber bow = 60.8 gr

 

Of course the Fiddlerman bow might actually weigh less... I put about a ton of rosin on it, being a new bow and all ;-)

Anyway, if the tone stays good and the bounce stays gone, I'll be happy with my purchase.

joe

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