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Aug 7, 2023 - 1:01:31 PM
10 posts since 2/10/2022

My violin shop won't rehair coda bows and I like the Luma. I had found a used one in my price range but glad I didn't get it. Anything comparable to this out there? Thanks.

Edited by - fiddlinpoet on 08/07/2023 14:44:57

Aug 7, 2023 - 1:43:19 PM
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1226 posts since 7/30/2021

Hi Kara, I just went through the process of bow shopping and there's a thread here where I asked the forum about info on bows...

https://www.fiddlehangout.com/topic/57737

But to make a long story short, I wound up in a room at a reputable music store specializing in violins/violas/cellos. They brought in a tray of 8 bows in my price range, and I played all of them for a while, and eventually wound up with a pernambuco bow. I liked the carbon fiber bows too! Sometimes it just comes down to your personal taste in how you want to sound. Those subtle variations in sound and handling, are things that you can't really test with an online purchase...and in the end, it was like my violin/fiddle chose its bow. 

So I think you'll be more satisfied with your bow if you can play a bunch of them in person (preferably all in one session).
I think it's worth the effort to arrange this ... since bows can be $$$! :-)

Aug 7, 2023 - 2:04:30 PM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

Thanks. I've done a few trials and like the Codabow Luma but my violin shop won't rehair or service anything from them. I guess I can do another trial and start all over sometime but most places won't send anything under $500. My local shop doesn't have anything for less.

Aug 7, 2023 - 6:16:38 PM

899 posts since 6/11/2019

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Originally posted by fiddlinpoet

Thanks. I've done a few trials and like the Codabow Luma but my violin shop won't rehair or service anything from them. I guess I can do another trial and start all over sometime but most places won't send anything under $500. My local shop doesn't have anything for less.


Why won't they rehair CodaBow?  It's the same as any wood bow.  I can't imagine CodaBow is requiring licensure to maintain their bows.  You can have CodaBow rehair it, but you risk FedEx annihilating the bow enroute.  I'd sure rather have a local shop rehair it.

Aug 7, 2023 - 7:04:56 PM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

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Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th
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Originally posted by fiddlinpoet

Thanks. I've done a few trials and like the Codabow Luma but my violin shop won't rehair or service anything from them. I guess I can do another trial and start all over sometime but most places won't send anything under $500. My local shop doesn't have anything for less.


Why won't they rehair CodaBow?  It's the same as any wood bow.  I can't imagine CodaBow is requiring licensure to maintain their bows.  You can have CodaBow rehair it, but you risk FedEx annihilating the bow enroute.  I'd sure rather have a local shop rehair it.


Aug 7, 2023 - 7:06:18 PM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

I don't know why they won't rehair them but it's written clearly on their website. They won't stock them or service them. They must have had a falling out.

Aug 7, 2023 - 9:48:24 PM
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1543 posts since 3/1/2020

Codabows are not made the same way as any wood bow, and they are haired using a proprietary system that involves a plastic plug at the tip and a rubber/plastic plug molded onto the hair at the frog.

However, when doing a rehair, one can simply cut normal plugs to replace Coda’s as the mortises are decent.

Aug 8, 2023 - 4:10:50 AM
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Erockin

USA

970 posts since 9/3/2022

We use PVC pipe type shipping containers here at work. They are pretty cheap. Therefore your bows can travel safely. Look them up.

Aug 8, 2023 - 4:59:12 AM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

Thanks everyone for the comments. If I find another codabow (used for my price range) I might go ahead and get it and just ship out for rehairs. However, I have been reading some other topics on carbon fiber bows and might look into Shar's presto bows. My wood bow came from there (been using for many years but it's not very forgiving for fast string crossings) so I trust Shar. I won't be able to trial anything at that low price point so I will have to talk with them and purchase the right one for me. Fingers crossed.

Aug 9, 2023 - 10:08:12 AM
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fiddledawg

Canada

50 posts since 8/1/2008

For what it's worth I have a Codabow Luma and have had it re-haired two or three times without any problems, so it certainly is possible.

Aug 10, 2023 - 6:54:43 AM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

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Originally posted by fiddledawg

For what it's worth I have a Codabow Luma and have had it re-haired two or three times without any problems, so it certainly is possible.


Thanks. I will snatch one up if I run across a used one. I was able to locate a shop that will rehair them, about 30 minutes away. My local shop mostly serves classical folks so I'm sure it's no big deal to him to refuse codabow products. Seems silly to me but oh well. 

Aug 13, 2023 - 9:02:25 AM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

I sent a question to Krutz strings asking about their hybrid violin bow and they sent me one to try. It's very lively and responsive but also flexible, so it does a better job at fast string crossings than my brazilwood bow, although I still like this one for old time fiddle. The Krutz bow seems better for Irish and other styles that involved lots of fast turns. I'm still an amateur, but I can feel the difference. The Krutz bow is about 63 grams, but doesn't feel heavy. I guess I thought it would since my brazilwood bow is light. I think I still want a Luma but this hybrid bow will do for now and at $240 it's more affordable for me. I put up a sound clip on my instagram if anyone cares to hear it. I know it's all subjective though.. instagram.com/fiddling_poet/

Aug 13, 2023 - 9:40:23 AM
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DougD

USA

12010 posts since 12/2/2007
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If you mean Anton Krutz, one of our members worked with him for many years, and is still in touch if you have any questions. Here's his FHO page: fiddlehangout.com/myhangout/ho...sp?id=685

Aug 15, 2023 - 1:07:53 PM

10 posts since 2/10/2022

Thanks but no need. I decided to keep the bow. It's very responsive and focused but warm sounding. Pulls a loud clear tone as well. Strong vibration running through the stick and I won't have to worry about the weather mucking with the tone or playability. Where I live, the weather is all over the place. I never thought a heavier bow would work for me but it's balanced so nicely I can't tell. My Klaus Becker brazilwood bow is still quite good and has its uses. 

Edited by - fiddlinpoet on 08/15/2023 13:08:33

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