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Hi ryonass (and others). Another thought would be to save up some of the used carbon bows and sell them on eBay for about $15 each for us apprentice luthiers to practice rehairing. That would make your cost a wash.
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I asked FM to send me 3 to try within my price range, tested them blind....didn't realize they had names on them. (hard to read anyways without a strong light and strong readers for my old eyes)
Best deal ever doing the home trial, didn't feel pressured - took 20 minutes, played the same song 3 times, they were all great, but 1 stood out and felt really comfy, my thumb fitted perfectly and it glided like a dream, sounded really clear....shipped the other 2 back....although some people might need longer to decide, I think he gives you up to 2 weeks.
I did ask him to rosin them for me as I think they know just how much to put on and it saved a ton of time with me probably messing it up.
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