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Aug 13, 2019 - 5:34:57 PM
65 posts since 5/8/2019

What advantages are there of using a carbon fiber bow? Thank you!

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:51:19 PM
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2186 posts since 10/1/2008

Well .... good carbon fiber bows are less expensive than good pernambuco bows. They are also less prone to damage when dropped or bumped on a hard surface. As they are cut on computer controlled lathes from manufactured materials the results, balance , flexability, weight are fairly close from one to another of the same model. R/

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:02:45 AM
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203 posts since 10/28/2014

yup, price, consistency and durability (I'm terrible for knocking my bow against things, mostly other fiddlers, but also occasionally animate objects as well).

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:31:55 AM
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451 posts since 9/1/2010

The main advantages are durability and resistance to weather. A wood bow, like any wooden object, is at the mercy of humidity levels.

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:00:08 AM



203 posts since 6/27/2007

Actually, even a carbon fiber bow will be somewhat at the mercy of humidity levels as the horsehair will adsorb moisture.

Aug 17, 2019 - 4:36:39 AM

451 posts since 9/1/2010

Originally posted by AZJohnB

Actually, even a carbon fiber bow will be somewhat at the mercy of humidity levels as the horsehair will adsorb moisture.

Agreed.  Was only responding on the variables of carbon fiber vs. wood since both would of course have horsehair.

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:02:54 AM

4179 posts since 6/23/2007

If you do not release bow pressure for extended periods of time, you can damage a wooden bow.
Carbon Fibre bows are more less susceptible to damage.

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:29:41 AM

1706 posts since 10/22/2007

I dunno, you can put alot of cash into a Coda (c-f) bow.
The Coda guy had me convinced it was a better bow, but i've never found a c-f bow that is as stiff as my wooden bow. They could probably make one, but they would have no buyers.

I guess, if i didn't already have a bow, and had before me a $50 c-f bow, and a $50 wooden bow, i would grab the c-f bow.  I know it may sound strange but above that price point, i'd have to try it, no matter the material.

Edited by - farmerjones on 12/20/2019 11:48:14

Jan 2, 2020 - 7:00:54 AM



3 posts since 12/24/2019

I have had both cf bows and wood bows. I prefer a hybrid bow. Currently using a Jon Paul Fusion. Excellent bow for me.

Jan 2, 2020 - 9:54:06 AM

4372 posts since 9/26/2008

I have both. The wood pulls a prettier tone but isn't as well balanced, so I only use it on waltzes.

Also what has already been said, CF is unaffected by weather and likely to withstand some abuse.

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