We're excited to welcome a new member to the Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow Family: "The Forever Bow"
The Fiddlerman Forever Bow is a completely "vegan" bow and features synthetic bow hair and grip, ebony frog, nickel-silver winding, and mounts. In addition to being an animal-free bow, it also also makes international travel through customs inspections completely worry free.
The Zarelon™ Synthetic hair is extremely strong and can withstand even the most intense playing without breaking.
- High-Quality Workmanship
- Fiddlerman's Custom Arch and Weight Distribution
- Durable Zarelon™ Synthetic Bow Hair
- Rehairable with synthetic or horse hair
- Firm and stable playing experience
- Clean and quick tonal response
The synthetic bow hair arrives without rosin. Apply your favorite rosin by running the rosin cake back and forth along with the bow hair. We have found that dark rosin such as Kaplan Dark, or Premium Dark works best as it is stickier and produces less "white noise."
Over time, the hair may lose some grip. Apply more rosin to increase the friction between the hair and strings. If the hair does not take rosin well, or if there is still a lack of grip - use the included 100 grit sandpaper to gently roughen the synthetic hair. Run the sandpaper 10-15 passes along the bow hair, and test the result before any additional passes.
If one or multiple strands of the hair becomes too loose, heating the hair with a hair blow drier or heat gun will allow the hair to shrink back to a desired length.
The bow can also be rehaired indefinitely with either synthetic hair, or traditional horse hair.
The Fiddlerman Family of Carbon Fiber Bows for Violin
Resonant and Responsive!
I just received this bow and have been playing it for awhile. It came two days early, which was a bonus. It's really strong: the shipping company had damaged the box, but the bow was flawless inside. The stick resonates really well-you can feel it responding to the strings. The Zarelon hair is really great also. It grips the strings well, but glides smoothly over them. As my husband lovingly said: it's "less shrieky". This is much better than my wooden bow. To rosin the bow, I found that applying dark rosin, then light rosin, then dark rosin again worked really well. I didn't need to use the sandpaper on the hair by sandwiching the two rosin types. The dark rosin sticks to the light rosin. The stick felt really lightweight, but strong. It also seemed stiff with long, legato bowing, but flexed easily for faster bowing and string changes. I really appreciated being able to feel the strings under the bow when I changed strings during fast passages. It enabled me to know when I needed to move my wrist or change angles. I thought my violin or possibly strings were a bit sluggish and unresponsive: it was my cheap bow, and lack of ability to feel the strings under the bow. Thanks Fiddlershop and Zarelon! Excellent product! I think this bow would last any level player a long time, and would be a decent back up bow for professionals.
Sounds Pretty Good
It took awhile to get the rosin right. I had to use the sandpaper to get it to grab, but after that it sounded pretty good. I'm not sure it's better than horsehair, but it's a nice alternative, and I've been using it at our weekly jams. I alternate with my Fiddlerman carbon fiber horsehair bows, which I like very much.
This bow dances on the strings
Wow! From the very first bow stroke I was hooked. The bow gives a crystal clear sound as it floats over the strings with the greatest of ease. It really does dance on the strings with less drag, less rosin, and a lightness that's hard to describe. My fiddling has improved since this bow came into my life. Maybe I play/practice longer, maybe it's magic, maybe it was the right bow. And perhaps with the Fiddlerman guarantee your will give it a try.
Nice Bow, Terrible hair
I loved the look feel of this bow right off the bat. Just now, however, I tried to rosin the thing - not happening. I tried sanding the strands as suggested. I still get very inconsistent contact with the violin's strings. The hairs slip, then stick. It's probably because the sanding procedure produces inconsistent roughing, so the rosin collects inconsistently. Even when the bow 'grabs', I get a thin, wimpy tone. I'll go back to my old bow 'til I can get this re-haired with horsehair.
We’re so sorry to hear the bow is giving you some issues. It’s a new product for us as well, and we’re still learning about what can be done to work around issues. In our experience so far, and from testing out about 6 or 7 different rosins, we did notice a significant improvement in grip and sound when using a dark rosin. They are usually just a little stickier, intended for the drier, winter months. And we also have found that it takes significantly more time to rosin the bow for the first time, and a little more frequently than horse hair. Eventually we have been able to find the sweet spot between too much, or too little rosin, but it takes some patience. Of course, you are always welcome to return the bow if it’s just not working out, and we understand that many people will always prefer the feel and response of traditional horse hair. And if you discover something that overcomes these issues, please let us know in order to assist other customers.
Great bow for a beginner
Ordered on a Friday, received on a Wednesday. I have been learning to play the fiddle (my first ever instrument) for about 5 months now and I can definitely see an improvement in my playing and sound using this bow compared to the one that came with my violin. It is definitely lighter and my fingers need a little adjusting to the frog. I am very excited to continue learning my instrument with this bow. Played "Misty Mountains Cold" for the first time with this bow and even though I am a beginner I could tell it was amazing.
Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.