I bought this bow as an upgrade to the Fiddlerman Soloist outfit (also posted a review of my Soloist and the outfit). I already had a Holstein Sandalwood bow and really like it, but I wanted something lighter and preferably carbon fiber. The Presto Ovation bow is fantastic; very light at 56.5g (each bow has the weight on a sticker at the bottom of the frog). It took rosin fairly easily for a new bow, and has absolutely perfect balance. The curve and balance point are very close to ideal also. It's very easy to get a great tone, and has already become my favorite bow, even over my Jon Paul and other wood bows. Naturally, it does spicatto and sautille very easily, but son file, detache, legato, etc. are all no problem at all too. Highly recommend it and of course Fiddlershop's customer service is absolutely the best!
I am extremely happy with my purchase and the service! Thank you!
One of the best bows I've used over the past 3 years. Great for intermediate player that cannot afford a high end wood bow. It delivers all the performance you could ask for and I love that my hand does not creep up the bow. Great service from fiddlershop also.
Lightweight, responsive and well balanced bow. Still not a single hair lost after 90+ hours of play. Produces a great tone with little effort. It sound surprisingly warm, but still have the durability and hardiness of a carbon fiber bow. Which is a great combination. Good length and the lightweight frog is a huge bonus. Makes smooth bow changes, but still be able to truly grab the strings when necessary. The stick have just the right arch and stiffness to make it easy to play. Which makes more advanced bowing techniques a lot more enjoyable and less frustrating. I highly recommend this bow, I've yet to encounter any problems in any shape or form. Great bow for a great price.
Well, I was really pleased to have received this bow so quickly, overseas. But I was just stunned by the bow's performance on the violin. I would say that I am an advanced player, but it took me year to learn what makes a good bow, how it should feel and respond on the instrument.Trust me, I have been looking for a very long time now and I have never come across anything like it.First of all the balance is absolutely superb, just the way I would like to have it paying particular attention to that it is not top heavy.Then this bow is an absolute lightweight with 56 grams and being about a half inch longer than the average bows from Germany and france. Now what does that mean, to have the same bow in pernambuko wood it would cost you a couple of hundreds if not thousands to have the same stiffness to weight ratio.The arch of the bow is just how it should be and is comparable to much more expensive bows. So in combination with stiffness and arch the bow gives you a lovely rebound in the spizzicato or tremolo without much bouncing but a lovely response and dynamic.The response of the bow on the strings is immediate and produces a full tone from frog to tip. I was amazed by the reverb in the bow felt when playing a full singing tone and vibrato. For those advanced players, this gives you an immediate indication if you are playing right.Absolutely love the bow. Stop trying around and spending too much money. This a must have for any player that is serious about producing a good tone and having the dynamic of a lightweight and responsive bow.
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