Holstein 3-star Pernambuco Viola Bow Review
The Importance of a Great Violin Bow
The bows in the Holstein Pernambuco family are all made from select quality Pernambuco wood and in the tradition of the great French makers. Every step up comes in a higher quality selection of wood and workmanship.
- Holstein Pernambuco Viola Bow
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- Holstein 3-star Pernambuco Viola Bow
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3-star Pernambuco Viola Bow Specifications
- Select Quality Pernambuco Wood.
- Fully lined, Silver-Mounted, real Ebony Frog with Parisian eye.
- Made in the tradition of the great French bow makers.
- Perfect camber. Great tonal qualities. Easy response!
- Sterling silver winding and genuine high quality lizard leather grip.
- Best quality Mongolian soloist horse hair.
- Perfectly weighted and balanced stick with a strong center.
Fiddlershop's Incredible Holstein Bow Warranty!
All of the Holstein bows come with our incredible Holstein Bow Warranty. Within the first year of purchase, we will repair or replace the bow if an accident happens. We know that a bow is fragile and we hope that this extended bow warranty gives you a complete peace of mind when you are shopping with us.
The bow arrived early and was in perfect condition. When I got it out of the wrapping, I could tell it felt right in my hand. I haven't experienced that before. I usually like a heavier bow but this one doesn't need the weight to make a great viola sound. As I have practiced and played in a couple of rehearsals, I have found it meets all of my needs and is now my favorite bow. It makes practice fun again. Fiddlerman was correct when he said this is a great bow for the money. It definitely is.
I was looking for a wooden bow to complement my CodaBow Diamond NX, which I love. I looked at several and decided to try the Holstein 3-star. It exceeded my expectations: a strong, well-balanced round stick; beautiful fittings; a strong yet mellow sound, and great response both on and off the string. It's a pleasure to play and holds up well next to the Coda. I had a friend try it, who is both a concertmaster and a principal violist, and he liked it a lot. I highly recommend this bow. Plus, the staff at Fiddlershop were happy to communicate with me and find out what I wanted.
The perfect bow
When I ordered my soloist viola, I went ahead and ordered the Holstein 3-star Pernambuco bow. It is an outstanding value; a bow that is far superior to anything in its price range. The weight is ideal, and the moment I picked it up, I was confident of the control it would give me. It is responsive and has a supple readiness that is delightful. To top if off, it is lovely to look at. You won't regret choosing this bow.
I wanted to upgrade from the carbon fiber for both weight and to minimize bounce. This is perfect! I have eliminated my bow bounce and it took little time to get use to the weight difference.
A Bow that rewards your efforts!
As a senior adult beginner whose only bow experience was violin bows in Elementary through High School and private lessons, I had zero experience using a heavier bow. I thought a heavier bow might not be the best for my senior shoulders and that I would have to sacrifice tone for comfort. However, I read the good reviews and this bow went on sale so I bought one. It was a quick and easy process with fast shipping. The box the bow came in showed respect for what was inside. And it is a pretty little bow! I still have my violin bows which were refreshed recently and were used with my new little viola, so I made a comparison prior to trying it out. My two violin bows weigh 54 grams each, and my new Holstein 3-star Pernambuco Viola bow weighs 75 grams using the same scale. While the hair length was the same, the overall length of the Holstein viola bow is a half inch longer than the two violin bows. The quantity of hair in all three bows appears to be the same? I could feel the increased weight when I picked the viola bow up. I played my viola with it a little each day, not really sure if I was going to like this bow. After a while, the viola bow did not feel heavy! Later, I started to sound better (btw, this bow draws a bigger, darker tone than the violin bow draws, which I expected). Today I decided to experiment with bowing at the tip of the bow, because I am uncomfortable doing that. Found a uTube video of a violinmasterclassdotcom teacher instructing his young student in a careful approach towards learning a sautille. I never learned a sautille stroke when I was young. Started a tremelo with only wrist movement and two fingers on the bow. Played a tremelo at the frog and moved up until it bounced. Played a C Major scale hitting each note 8 times. Not perfect but real progress! Just for fun, I started to make the bow bounce at 4 inches from the tip on the C string.. Using wrist only and all the hair, I could make it bounce fairly regularly and with some control over where it landed. What a confidence builder! Now to work on keeping my shoulder relaxed and life learning the viola will be good.
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