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Posted by Ian (220.127.116.11) on March 21, 2002 at 22:40:14:
In Reply to: Carbow carbon fiber bows posted by Chuck on March 21, 2002 at 14:59:21:
: Anybody have any experience with the Carbow carbon fiber bass bows? How do they handle? How is the balance? How do you like the sound they draw out of the bass?
I have been using a Jean Grunberger carbon fiber bow for two years now. I really love it. I think that a pernambuco bow of this quality would cost 3 times more money. Everyone here at the Quebec Conservatory have a carbon bow and I have never heard anyone who was not satisfied about it. The bows we have are quite light (around 135 g including the rubber grip) and they work very well for solo purpose, working with François Rabbath new technique. The Grunberger carbon bows have a great balance and carbon is a very stable element. These bows do not really feel like "orchestra" bows, like the awesome Victor Fétique, but I know some great players who love to use it at the orchestra too. Of course, I would prefer to have a Pernambuco Grunberger (like Rabbath, Paul Ellison and my teacher) because the sound is more rich but if you don't 25 000 Francs, the carbon is , in my opinion, a bow that won't be disapointed of. The best thing is to try them by yourself. It has been possible to me by Robertson and Sons Violin Shop, NM.
Check robertsonviolins.com or
George Vance's store, slavapub.net. I was really satisfied when I had business with him. I feel that he does not sell stuff that he would not play with.
I hope this will help!
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