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What bow is best? Carbon or wood?
I would like to know which bow is the best?
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July 4, 2012 - 8:33 am
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Hi guys, i'm playing the violin for four years now and finally i decided to buy my own violin because i was renting one. I bought a violin but it didn't came with a bow and now my question is if it would be smarter to buy a carbon bow than a wooden bow since the carbon bows are 'newer' and are almost unbreakable. Help me plz :)


Here is the link for the wooden bow: http://www.arc-verona.co.uk/st.....4.181.html

Here is the link for the carbon bow: http://www.arc-verona.co.uk/co.....ow.30.html


ty :)

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July 4, 2012 - 9:29 am
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Before making a decision, I would find a review of the bows you are looking at if you can't play one yourself.  A good example would be to look in the reviews forum for the CF bow review.  Fiddlerman explains things quite well.

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July 4, 2012 - 11:08 am
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welcome to the family. hope you find enough stuff to do here to stay awhile. Lots of info on the threads comparing the bows. Just do some surfing and you'll probably get your question answered in a multitude of ways.


I bought one of the $60 CF bows from the fiddlershop.com web site and I already had a 90 yr old Pernambuco that I had just re-haired. The weight was important to me and Pierre was able to sort thru them and find one the same weight as my wood bow.

When I got it, I was very impressed with the quality. The hair was very consistent and even across the frog, the strands were all of the same color and size, and the sound was equal from either one.

For the money... it's a bargain. Now I use the CF bow all the time with only an occassional wood bow prractice. The biggest benefit of CF is that it is un-affected by weather and moisture. The hair will still be subject to the environment but the bow won't change. A definate benefit when going from extreme weather conditions like we get up here in Northern Calif. One month it's wet and humid and cold, then summer comes and it's hot like Arizona desert and dry as well.

The CF displays no difference when taken from those extemes.

I think the CF will impress you and I'm sure you'll make the right choice.


Again, welcome and enjoy your stay here.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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July 5, 2012 - 4:08 am
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Ty for the information :D

Merritt Island, Fla
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July 5, 2012 - 8:46 am
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Its a matter of personal taste and preference IMO. The better the quality the better the sound is produced and the longer it will last you. That being said, I am probably gonna get a better. The cf are supposed to be lighter and therefore "easier" to throw around for those of us who havent built up those playing muscles. I am a fan of puttin in the work to built those muscles and developing control. As far as playing in moist conditions, I dont so I dont have those issues. I have a $50 bow now and played outdoors yesterday for 2 hours and noticed only my shoulder and left arm got real tired, but the bowing seemed the same. But I live in Fl and the humidity only got to 60% yesterday evening, so its not as moist as in the NW. I will say that going to a shop and trying out a bunch of different ones as well as reading FM reviews will be much helpfull in your choosing.

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