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Great price for a carbon fiber bow. Bought this for my third grader to replace the one that came with a kit that was purchased for her. She really loves this bow says sounds and plays great for her. I am glad I purchased this bow for my daughter seems like a great deal. I would recommend this deal to my friends and family.
Warning: I'm not a musician. I bought this as a replacement for my daughter upon the recommendation of some Suzuki instructors. From what I can gather, the bow is responsive, durable, and reasonably priced. The order was filled promptly, and Fiddlershop followed up immediately afterwards to ensure everything was correct -- a rare but welcome gesture in the age of impersonal e-commerce! :)
This bow helped my daughter to play better versus the heavier wood bow that came with the violin. The violin music with this bow sounds great!! I gave 5 stars as we did have an issue with the first bow that we received just after the Amazon return period expired, but it was VERY quickly resolved by Michael as soon as we contacted him. He also explained that despite these being carbon fiber bows, they are still hard carved to finish and that they honor the warranty up to 2 years on their product, which is longer than the written warranty!! The customer service alone was simply outstanding and that coupled with their product is helping my daughter to play better is a win-win.
The bow hairs easily break. When we received the bow and opened, already 7-8 hair were shedding. Then we put rosin on and another 2-3 hairs broke. When my son played one song, then another 3-4 hairs broke. This bow looks nice, though. Unfortunately, I need to return and buy another one.
We ordered this 1/2 size bow for our 7 year old to continue her violin lessons at the next size from where she'd been. The quality is wonderful (as confirmed by our teacher). Also, Fiddlerman sent an instructional video for getting started with the new bow. I highly recommend.