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Fiberglass bow vs. Holstein P. Bow
Quick comparison video. Let me know what you think.
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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. 

 

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Fiddlerman
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March 12, 2019 - 11:03 am
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Personally it stuck out like a sore thumb for me. No comparison but I won't sway your comments. 😁

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman This is crazy. I know I did a reply earlier, as did others. None of those replies are showing up now.

Anyone else notice this?

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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 @cid

I thought the same thing. See https://fiddlerman.com/forum/r.....mbuco-bow/

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Thanks

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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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. 

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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.

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Thanks Andrew, This is Tim. Nice to see you here!

Maybe one day I'll try out a few of those high end bows. I'm into a serious hobby that has the possibility to be a seriously expensive hobby.

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Fiddlerman
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March 18, 2019 - 1:06 pm
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Funny, I thought the same thing. Double posts that are similar can confuse us at times. 😜

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but the one who needs the least."

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@FortyNothing  Big difference. The Holstein bow is head and shoulders better. I purchased a 2 star Holstein cello bow last year, and your video has confirmed its value.  I just put my old bow away, didn't play side by side with the two, maybe I should have done this kind of video smile.

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WOW! Crazy difference. Now you are making me want to save up my pennies.....

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