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Glasser Braided Carbon Fibre Violin Bow
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Braided carbon fiber construction around a proprietary solid core - providing powerful, clear, rich warm tone with even feel and balance. Professio...Click To Read More About This Product
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Braided carbon fiber construction around a proprietary solid core - providing powerful, clear, rich warm tone with even feel and balance. Professional performance potential at an affordable price.
These bows offer exceptional performance, are highly responsive and project a most powerful, clear, rich warm tone. Unlike standard composite bows, which are hollow, these bows have a solid core to give them a supplementary even feel and balance. The carbon fibers used to make this bow are woven into a continuous pattern. This creates a seamless bow that carries its fiber patterns down its entire length just as the grain of a wood bow is carried down its entire length. Uses a natural finish, rather than paint, to showcase the aesthetic beauty of this bow's interwoven design.
length: 29 1/2 inches (11.61 cm)
weight: target weight 60 grams (+/- 3 grams)
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Comments about Glasser Braided Carbon Fibre Violin Bow:
Glasser Braided Carbon Fiber violin bow review: Since there are very few reviews available on the Glasser Braided Carbon Fiber violin bow, I will be rather extensive here... The bow I ordered was the round version, as opposed to the octagonal. It was received in good condition from MusiciansFriend, although it was simply placed in a plastic sleeve, in with a number of heavy objects in a large box. The bow indeed weighs in very close to the target weight of 60 grams, but the center of gravity appears to be about 3/4? out from the ideal, making it slightly tip heavy, and therefore the bow feels a bit heavier than it is. I would have preferred a lighter ?feel? to the bow, which would have occurred with an ideal center of gravity (and perhaps three grams less weight, although its weight is in the professional standard category). The hair was darker white than on more professional bows. The bow hair had some loose hairs, and the bow was shipped without rosin on the hair. If you try playing it as is, it will make little sound. To rosin a new bow, scratch your rosin block, and slowly pull the bow (with hairs tightened) over the rosin block for five to ten minutes. At first it will feel virtually frictionless, but as rosin gets worked into the bow, it will start to give some resistance. Don?t rosin the bow in jerky short lengths, as this will tend to melt the rosin into the bow hair, which will not give good results. Hence, the slow, full strokes. The grip appears to be made of rubber instead of leather, which detracts from the traditional feel. The adjusting screw is a bit tight, perhaps because the bow is rather stiff. Fine bows tend to have screws that adjust with a fairly light touch. Radiographic examination of the bow gave the following information: The carbon fiber appears to be only about one mm thick. The core extends from a level two inches out from the end of the grip winding, all the way to the end of the tip of the bow. I could not determine whether the ?proprietary core material? was plastic, Kevlar, brazil wood, or pernambuco. The core completely fills this inside space, with no air gaps found. In actual playing performance: In playing detache? (long, steady bow strokes), the bow gave tone that competed head on with my $525 pernambuco bow. I was impressed with that. I indeed appreciated the stiffness of the bow, and liked that a bit better than the level of stiffness in my pernambuco. At first, I intended to keep this carbon fiber bow, and sell my pernambuco. However, when playing in spicatto (bouncing bow technique), I felt that the pernambuco was a bit better performer. In my final analysis, this would be a good bow for a beginner to intermediate player, but I question whether it really is the expert bow that Glasser claims on their website. After trying both bows further, I came to the conclusion that my pernambuco had a more professional feel and balance, and I (kind of reluctantly) sent the Glasser bow back for a refund. Being a working man, I can?t afford to have more than I really need...