Re: Which is better: Fiberglass bow or cheap wood bow?

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Posted by gallou on December 16, 2000 at 09:45:43:

In Reply to: Which is better: Fiberglass bow or cheap wood bow? posted by Matt on December 07, 2000 at 13:54:30:

: I have recently purchased a bass and plan to start playing again after a 4 year respite. The only thing I still need is a bow. I have a budget of 200 dollars, but with all the selection out there it has become a difficult choice. Some people have suggested that a fiberglass bow would be better then the rosewood and brazilwood bows in my price range. My question is: Would I be better of with a fiberglass bow, or should I consider some of the less expensive wood bows out there? I know it would be best for me to try out these bows in person, but there is little local supply, and the only brazilwood bow I could find locally was warped. Also, since it's been so long since I played I don't think I could make a very good judgment on my own. So, if I would be better of with a less expensive wood bow, could anyone make a suggestion on a particular one that is in my price range. Any information on personal experiences people have had with these bows would be wonderful, and all advise anyone could give me will be greatly appreciated! Thanks to everyone for your help!

Hi, just an example : when I lived in Brussels I used to buy for my pupils
bows from the Tchech Republic, about 200-250 dollars (French bows). Of all categories of cheap bows (all prices), they were the only ones really working, just select one among 4 or 5 and you get it. There was also a very good French fabric,but much more expansive. I think you always have search a lot. The help of a teacher is fundamental, but it must be you who will finally choose (your
teacher wont let you a lot of choice !)
Im open to any kind of alternative (fiberglass), due to market limitation, but I would do the most I can to encounter a wood bow.
Good luck !

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