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This is just a quick comparison video I made comparing my $60 Fiberglass bow that came with my outfit with the $200 Holstein Pernambuco bow I just got from Fiddlershop.
I refrained from posting this in the review section, since it's not really a review, more of just a sound sample
Let me know how you think the Holstein bow sounds compared to the fiberglass.
I would vote for the Holstein bow. For me, wood generally has a slightly more rounded and softer tone as compared to composites in the bows I've heard, although I haven't played any of the high end composites, so I can only comment on the lower end of those.
I have a Fiddlerman bow and a few others including the "incredibow" . I had the incredibow sent with a fake wood finish so I wouldn't think about it not being wood ;). I notice the same things your recording picked up in most wood/composite comparisons. The high end composites at 1k and above is probably whole different ballgame in composite bows.
To me, there's no comparison between the Holstein and the fiberglass bow; the Holstein sounds much better even on my tinny laptop speakers.
@starise, there's a huge difference between fiberglass and carbon fiber. Carbon fiber bows are competitive with wood bows, IMO. They don't sound as warm, but in the $200-$1000 range they are as responsive as wood bows as much as 5 times their price. Fiberglass bows are most often found in low-end student violin outfits. I remember finding even the cheapest brazilwood bows (under $50) to be superior to the borrowed fiberglass bow I started with.