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This thing is really quite excellent. I have been playing the viola for about ten years and have competed at a state level. This is the best bow I have ever owned. As you can see in the video, the bow is beautiful, the inlays are cleanly laid and look immaculate, the ebony frog is smooth and consistent, the edges are all perfect and symmetrical. The wrap comes with tape over it, which may be removed if you wish (on most cheaper bows the wrap will fall apart, however, I removed mine and applied a good amount of pressure, intentionally trying to unravel it with NO SUCCESS, it didn’t budge) and the wrap underneath is clean, consistent and attractive.
The hair takes rosin quite well, I had it playing in a matter of about 2 minutes. The horse hair is well combed and securely attached, a few hairs were lost from menu packaging it but aside from that, even with aggressive playing I have lost no additional hairs.
The arch is perfect, the balance is also perfect. It’s extremely lightweight but produced a rich, vibrant sound. Furthermore, it’s carbon fiber so it will not be affected by heat or humidity and it is actually much stronger than most wood bows, making it very durable.
This is the highest quality bow I have owned, yet it is probably the cheapest. I absolutely love it.
I'm a retired professional violinist (really... Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Opera Company and several others) and have watched the vast improvement of synthetic bows for more than four decades. The Chinese makers have really hit the bull's-eye (after bit by bit circling in on the "ideal" for years). I can't believe this is a $68 bow...it out performs any bow I've ever owned less than $1500. BUY IT! It will make you aware of the technique you need to sharpen. Oh, and beginners and amateurs...you'll have to rosin it thoroughly before using...I don't know why (except for some reviews I've seen) I have to say that. Hooray, carbon fiber!
Soon after I received the bow, hairs started falling out from the tip. This doesn't sound good, right? but the seller explained that a very small percentage may have a loose block in the tip. Seller immediately sent out a new bow, without requiring return of the original. The replacement has been great. I like the balance and weight, and the quality of the hair. Good purchase. Brand new bow, for about the cost of rehairing the old one.
This bow is expoundedly better than my old one of two years. I am very pleased with the quality, although the winding tape was a little off, but it makes no difference to me. The bow took to my rosin well, and was playing in about 5 minutes. The weight is also very comfortable. It'll take some getting used to, as my old bow was quite heavy, but it seems promising. I also like the inlays. They have a very appealing design, and outstanding color to them.
This bow is too soft for me. It is the second time I bought Viola bows from Fiddlerman, and I am somehow disappointed. When I orderd this maker's bow 2 years ago, the bow was much cheaper and had very good quality include bow tension, balance and weight. I understand that carbon bow's quality could be changed by the factory. The higher price of bow means that the bow has higher quality than before, at least it should be better than the first one I used. However, I dont see any better thing than previous one and this one is even worse. I as a Violist would like to give you a suggestion. When you make bows, please concern about the pressure occured by the performer (professional level). Not only for making a big sound but also for deep and rich sound projecting. So, I think shorter bow hair, about 5mm shorter, will be help for creating stronger tension. I hope this comment will be helpful.
I am a professional musician and this is a good carbon fiber bow for $70. I have a (much) more expensive bow but it has endangered species on it and I don't want to change the bow when I travel internationally for work. One of my colleagues bought this bow and then two of us followed suit. It's a decent bow. Get it rehaired and it'll be fine.
Don't waste your money on this bow. I thought I could get a product that would last more than a month. I missed the return window by a few days. This was a Christmas gift for my son and it is terrible. Over half the hairs have fallen out and is unusable. Do not buy this bow. I will never purchase from fiddlerman again.
I just received my second bow from Fiddlerman, this time a viola bow. As the precedent violin bow impresed me a lot, I was sure that the viola bow from them will be as well a good one. And I was right :-). I love how stable is, very well centered (concerning the the spiccato point), very well balanced (not being havier at the tip) and of course, a very good sound!
I received the item quickly. Which is quite amazing as I'm overseas. Fiddlerman sent me an email after my order talking about what to do when you get the bow in terms of rosining, etc. I appreciated that video as well as the packaging when it arrived. It has a great weight and sound. I highly recommend! I played viola for 7 years throughout school and picked it back up, 20 years later. The helped with the frustration of learning how to ride a "bike" again!
My viola, a basketcase that I repaired, came without a bow. Having purchased a Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber violin bow, I immediately went back to the well, and I was not disappointed. Really great hair, smooth-turning screw, great balance and a good weight for the viola. Bravo!