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Jan 1, 2021 - 2:14:21 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

295 posts since 9/1/2019

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I'm looking for a decent bow a bit better than a Fiddlerman carbon fiber, but I'd rather not spend more than $150.

Let me know what you have
Thanks!

Jan 1, 2021 - 8:22:12 AM
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Earworm

USA

235 posts since 1/30/2018

There is a standard rule that you should pay as much for your bow as you did for your fiddle. It's not perfect advice, but consider that your bow is your voice. Within that price range you're going to be pretty limited, unless you bump into some luck. Do you have a reasonable way to try some out in person before you buy?

Jan 1, 2021 - 10:29:31 AM
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Dragonslayer

Mozambique

295 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Earworm

There is a standard rule that you should pay as much for your bow as you did for your fiddle. It's not perfect advice, but consider that your bow is your voice. Within that price range you're going to be pretty limited, unless you bump into some luck. Do you have a reasonable way to try some out in person before you buy?


Well, unfortunately I don't have the money to buy a really nice bow. I've been using a Fiddlerman CF, and I've liked it, but it just broke, and I've intended to upgrade anyway. 

I just thought someone might have something usually nicer than I could afford but used and so within my range

Jan 3, 2021 - 4:26:59 PM

fiddledd (Moderator)

USA

331 posts since 6/22/2007

Are you looking for a wooden bow, or another CF?

Jan 3, 2021 - 6:15:23 PM
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1905 posts since 12/11/2008

If there's a fiddle/violin shop within driving distance, take your fiddle to it and let them put bows in your hand in your price range. If there isn't a stringed instrument shop nearby, give Shar Music or another internet retailer a try. Benefit from a shop's expertise. I mean, maybe I'm naive or have been plain lucky, but I've never felt the least ripped off when I've partronized a bona-fide string instrument shop.

I must also say that I've bought three bows at three different L.A. violin stores and never walked out with a carbon fiber one. I'd show up at a shop with my fiddle. They'd put me in a room, lay out a bunch of bows in my low-to-moderate price range, and then sceedaddle to let me screech. None of the brand names were ever even remotely familiar. Long story short, the Carbon Fiber bows always sounded a bit mechanical and felt dead in the fingers.

Jan 4, 2021 - 7:07:53 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

172 posts since 9/14/2010

I think Eastman makes good stuff
katyviolinshop.com/product/a-e...olin-bow/

Jan 4, 2021 - 7:44:41 AM
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WyoBob

USA

303 posts since 5/16/2019
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I don't imagine you have very many violin shops in Balama, Mozambique?smiley

I had a Fiddlerman C.F. bow.  I liked the bow but it was constantly breaking hairs right from the start.   (I didn't store the bow in a case.)  I decided to try to rehair that bow and ordered a new F.M. C.F.  It was warped at the tip so I sent it back.

Last April, I bought a Kmise C.F. bow for $30.00 from Amazon for a spare for my F.M. bow after reading good reports about it on the FHO about it.   I liked it as well as I did the F.M. bow.   It still hasn't broken a hair.  In Dec., I bought another one from Amazon for $35.00 just to see if the results I had were repeatable.  Same good results.

I trialed 4 bows from Shar, two Coda and two Prestos awhile back and bought the Presto Encore at a discount for $150.00 (full price is $200).  (I liked the Coda NX the best but the fat, slick pad was a deal breaker).   Was the Encore worth 4 times more than the Kmise?   Probably not but I wanted to own one good bow during my fiddle adventure.  Was the Coda NX worth 10 times the cost of the Kmise?  Not by a long shot.  But, that wouldn't have stopped me from buying it if the pad would had been comfortable as it seemed to have the best combination of sound and playability. 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 5, 2021 - 6:39:19 PM

28 posts since 5/18/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Dragonslayer

Well, unfortunately I don't have the money to buy a really nice bow. I've been using a Fiddlerman CF, and I've liked it, but it just broke, and I've intended to upgrade anyway. 

I just thought someone might have something usually nicer than I could afford but used and so within my range


What do you mean it broke? The stick broke or just the hairs? If you do have a decent violin shop near you just get it re-haired. If not learn how to do it yourself. It is a good skill to have and might save you lots of money. I would be surprised if a CF bow stick broke and if so would say it is a manufacturing problem.  Hae you contacted fiddlerman and see what they say? If you can buy from the US you might check out Shar's Presto line of CF bows. My wife has one and it is a decent bow and probably a good upgrade from your current bow.

Jan 7, 2021 - 5:41:32 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

295 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by fiddledd

Are you looking for a wooden bow, or another CF?


I'm not really picky, although I do like the durability of carbon. But I'd consider either 

Jan 7, 2021 - 5:49:16 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

295 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by jgarber760
quote:

What do you mean it broke? The stick broke or just the hairs? If you do have a decent violin shop near you just get it re-haired. If not learn how to do it yourself. It is a good skill to have and might save you lots of money. I would be surprised if a CF bow stick broke and if so would say it is a manufacturing problem.  Hae you contacted fiddlerman and see what they say? If you can buy from the US you might check out Shar's Presto line of CF bows. My wife has one and it is a decent bow and probably a good upgrade from your current bow.


Actually neither. The frog broke. More specifically, the brass nut attached to the frog had the threads strip out, meaning I couldn't tighten the bow. 

I contacted Fiddlerman because while I was looking at a replacement/upgrade, I saw that they have a five year mechanical warranty. They are sending me a replacement for it! They were great to work with, and I'm happy with their service. 

In the meantime, I took a copper wire (electrical strand) and wound it through the nut several times, and it has been working. I don't know how long it'll last though. 

 

I have seen the presto line, what model would you recommend? And how much improvement should I expect? 

Jan 7, 2021 - 6:12:50 PM
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DougD

USA

10344 posts since 12/2/2007
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Gunnar, I don't know about Fiddlerman, but normally the eyelet and screw can be replaced, and for not much money either.

Jan 11, 2021 - 8:53:58 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

295 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Gunnar, I don't know about Fiddlerman, but normally the eyelet and screw can be replaced, and for not much money either.


I might do that at some point, but at the moment I have the replacement bow that they sent, and am still planning to upgrade soonish, so I don't urgently need it

Mar 16, 2021 - 12:04:45 PM

28 posts since 5/18/2009

I have seen the presto line, what model would you recommend? And how much improvement should I expect? 

I don't know the Fiddlerman bow but she plays with the Presto Ovation. Probably more than you want to spend. Personally I like the Codabow Joule as my favorite CF bow. Maybe you want to set up a bow saving fund for the future. In the meantime as long as your bow is playable work with it.

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