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Your opinions on carbon fiber bows?? Anyone have one or tried one? They seem to be gaining more popularity.

4 Responses
Posted: January 26, 2012
Last Comment: January 27, 2012

Posted: January 27, 2012
I have a Coda Diamond. Very nice and it improved my playing over my original kit bow. I would say for the price it is better than an equivalent wooden bow. The service you get from Coda is also very good. 

Posted: January 27, 2012
Thanks everyone for your replies. I liked reading your little stories and experiences! I do want to try a carbon fiber bow and I think I will do just that. Will have to travel about an hour to closest violin shop. Not too bad. Perhaps the luthier has a Coda Joule, which Robyn mentioned. I always like to experiment with diff. bows and strings. I've had my new Obligato strings on for about a week now. Not sure if I notice a difference from the Dominants I was used to using.

Posted: January 26, 2012
Hi Robyn,

When I first started three years ago I struggled with student bows. Surprisingly, the music store I frequented (and where I had upgraded instruments on a regular basis as funds permitted) never once recommended anything but their cheapest wooden bows.

Still, I knew something was lacking in my student bows because I read online of similar concerns by other students. My first bows were noisy, and had that awful noise right at the point of contact. They also seemed inflexible, had way too much hair, and were incapable of any off-the-string strokes.

I got a little windfall of a few hundred bucks and bought a nice Glasser, and wow! Maybe not as good as those Codas, but it was certainly a huge leap up from the junk I was expected to play Twinkle Twinkle with.

Which begs the question, why did my teacher let me continue torturing her (and her family in the next room) with that toy-bow? I used to always say while I was sawing away with the damn thing, "Good thing I'm paying you to listen to this c**p." And her kids were trying to eat dinner! I probably stunted their growth with that ghastly Minuet. I mean, who could eat during that?

Anyway, get yourself a nice fiber bow and be the Carbonator with it.

All the best,

Posted: January 26, 2012
Hi Jen, yes, many people here have a carbon fiber (fibre) bow and they're also becoming more popular with semi-pros too.  I believe there are several reasons why:
  1. Environmental - pernambuco wood is becoming harder to get hold of and is protected to preserve stocks
  2. Cost - you get more bow for your money, in terms of performance, than an equivalently priced wooden bow
  3. Durability - they're less prone to be affected by temperature / humidity
  4. Reliability - as they're manufactured (rather than crafted) there's less variance between bows of the same model so if you damange one you can replace it with the same model and it wiill feel and respond exactly as your previous one.
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