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Where Purchased: http://conradstrings.com/product_details.asp?id=1385
Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 104 ($US)
This bow has improved my speed, accuracy and phrasing overnight, and has made playing much easier overall, especially drones and double stops. It weighs approximately 60 grams and is extremely well balanced. I am a beginner so I don't have much to compare, but I read a lot of reviews before my purchase. Here's a couple I found.
http://fiddleheads.ca/shop/testimonials/index.htm (scroll down!)
I did try a Glasser braided Carbon Fiber bow, and liked it just a bit better, but it was much more money.
Sound Rating: 9
Bow only needed to be tightened and rosined.
Setup Rating: 10
This is an attractive bow. Real MOP inlay on the ebony frog, silver winding, and a leather grip. I got the bronze, which is a satin metallic finish that looks like wood from just a short distance away, and it does not give the appearance of a carbon fiber bow, it looks much better than most. Though you can always Go Green for St. Pattys, if you play Irish! There are some fun colors available.
Appearance Rating: 10
LIFETIME guarantee against defects in workmanship and materials. It doesn't get much better than that.
Reliability Rating: 10
I bought this from Conrad online, as noted above. They were good to deal with, and the price was considerably lower than elsewhere. Shipped fast, packaged well.
Customer Service: 9
Excellent quality for the price. The tensioner might be just a bit better as I compare it to the Glasser braided CF, but I imagine it is on Tabary's higher end bows.
Components Rating: 9
This is a stellar offering for the price. An excellent step up bow for those beginner to intermediate players who are ready to take it to the next level. Also a good travel bow or second bow for those who have an expensive wood bow they wish to last longer. :)
I do have a comment for left handers. I had read a review that I can't find now that mentions this bow having a camber to it that favors the hair on one side more than the other, and that gives it an exceptionally large "sweet spot". My teacher is left handed and tried this bow, and complained it had a "dead spot" in the place the sweet spot should be. I told him to try playing with it tilted opposite the way he usually holds and try a note. The dead spot went away. So unless they make a left hand model, I would suggest that left handers stay away from this one. And I've not seen mention of a left hand model on any of the sites I shopped.
Overall Rating: 9
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