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Does Anyone Play a P&H Carbon Violin Bow
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December 13, 2020 - 4:59 pm
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SarahS said
could you please by any chance recommend a good bow? I'm choosing between these


or should I look for something else?


I don't think that article was written by anyone with any expertise on violins and bows. The "editor's choice" is a baroque-style bow, which I wouldn't recommend, and they seem to be suggesting one of the bows is "good for auditions" because it has "Audition" in its name! And some of the listed pros and cons make no sense at all. (For example, the complaint that the hair on the Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber bow is "too tight" -- bow hair can be tightened and loosened.) The only two of the bows listed that I've even heard of are the Coda Prodigy and the Fiddlerman CF -- both of which have good reputations, but I don't think that makes the article credible.

There's quite a bit of bow discussion in this forum if you look around. Also, I would suggest that at the beginner level, which is where I see you are from your other post, you should shop somewhere that specializes in string instruments, rather than Amazon. A reputable violin shop will at least not sell you junk.

I haven't tried a lot of bows, but I can personally recommend the JonPaul Fusion (which is available at Fiddlershop). I use the high-end JonPaul Fusion Silver as my main viola bow, and the basic Fusion is also excellent value for money. Other members of this forum have other favorites. Bow preferences can be quite personal because we all like different weights, balance points, and handling characteristics.

December 13, 2020 - 5:05 pm
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December 13, 2020 - 10:02 pm
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Thanks a lot, @AndrewH! It's good to know. I'll be more cautious when browsing the web :)  

and thanks a lot for such a comprehensive reply! 

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