The vegan violin bow from Fiddlerman
Fiddlerman Forever Violin Bow
Fiddlerman Forever Violin Bow
Fiddlerman Forever Violin Bow

Fiddlerman

Fiddlerman Forever Violin Bow

Sale price$109.00
9 reviews   |  
SKU: FFVNB44

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.

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We're excited to welcome a new member to the Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow Family: "The Forever Bow"

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 - Light Soloist Grade
  • Rehairable with synthetic or horse hair
  • Firm and stable playing experience
  • Clean and quick tonal response
Directions

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.

Maintenance

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

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11/16/2022
Richard S.
United States United States

Fiddlerman Forever Violin Bow review from a bluegrass fiddler

Very nice bow , I have a few other bows with the Zarelon bow hair on them and 1 of them a very expensive wood violin bow and I must say the Forever bow is really great and performs very well with good balance and pulls a very strong tone which is very helpful when playing next to a banjo player where you need extra volume , I used Andrea Solo Violin Rosin on it which works great with Zarelon bow hair ,thank you Fiddlershop for providing a great bow for a great price you guys are the best.

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08/30/2022
Nathan
United States United States

This bow is awesome

I have been using regular horsehair bows for almost 40 years, I was somewhat skeptical about manmade hair, however, it is the best bow I have ever used. It is very smooth and create awesome sound. If I try to make loud sound, it is not scratchy, but responds great. The only minor issue I feel is the screw is a little tight and it is hard to tighten if the weather is humid, which also happens with the regular Fiddlerman horsehair bow I bought separately.

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08/30/2022
Susan C.
United States United States

I'd buy another one if I thought I'd ever need one...but this one is so darn durable.

I love this bow. I used an emery board to scruff up the artificial hair, and it takes rosin like a dream. I own a lot of bows, bought many looking for that "just right" bow. This is one of my favorite bows, hands down, second only to my three-star Holstein Pernambuco, which is really the only choice for indoor playing. BUT, since I do a lot of outdoor fiddling, I needed a bow to use with my carbon fiber fiddle. This bow is PERFECT. Because of the artificial hair, I like it much more than my other carbon fiber bows. Natural hair is so susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. This bow is always ready, and surprisingly responsive, given it is carbon fiber. Nicely balanced and simply never a worry.

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04/24/2022
Abby
United States United States

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.

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04/13/2022
Paul P.
United States United States

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.

Fiddlershop founders, Michael Holstein and Pierre Holstein, posing in the Fiddlershop workshop with some of their favorite violin and violas for some of the best workshops

About Fiddlershop

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.

Extended Return Window

Orders placed after November 15th will have at least until January 31st, 2023 to return or exchange.