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My $200 Jean-Paul martin bow from years ago met its end in a car accident. The violin case flew from the back seat into the front and the frog separated from the stick. It was a cheap pernambuco stick, out-side cut, so it was quite light. Chamber wasn't great, but i didn't expect much from a cheap bow.
I have been looking at FM's cheap pernambuco bow and I am quite interested. However, I am quite hesitant to put down $300-500 on a bow i can't even see. If anyone here has bought that bow, can you please tell me the name stamped on the bow so I could do a little more research on it. Pictures would be appreciated.
Buy whatever you believe you will like and if you are not satisfied, return it. People here will vouch for our integrity.
I feel that that most of us, through experience, would most definately vouch for FM's integrity.
And with an offer like that, go for it mate.
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I own the nickel wound one. It's very well crafted, has nice balance and feel and has very good hair. I have compared it against pernambuco bows in the $300-600 range at Atlanta Violin and it plays at least as well as those. I did not test bows in the $1,000+ range, so I can't compare it to bows at that price point.
I think you will be quite pleased if you get one, but if you don't like it you can return it. I do understand your concern about buying things that you can't see though. I will say that I've purchased 2 violins, 4 bows, some cases and sundry other items from FM and I haven't returned anything yet.
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