Holstein 3-star Pernambuco Violin Bow

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The last bow I’ll ever buy?

I know... the title is like click bait. But it could very well be true for me. I have purchased five bows since starting violin - three wood and two carbon fiber. Of the woods, one was $25, one $130, and one $519 - and both carbon fibers right around $80 (Glasser and Fiddlerman weave). Of those five, one is far more expensive. I now understand why. I think another review said something like this, and it really helped put bows in perspective: you can save a lot of money in using cheaper bows, but until you invest in a quality bow you will never know what you’re missing. Boy do I know that to be true now! I have been using an unbranded wood bow for a couple years now. Sadly, I was told it was pernambuco and naively paid about four times more than I should have at a local music shop for a cheap brazilwood bow. And I genuinely had no idea what I was missing out on for those two years - until I started to notice the issues of balance I was having with my bow. After a lot of communication with Michael (who is awesome, by the way) I decided to take a chance and invest in this bow. The great thing about the risk is it’s extremely low since Fiddlershop has such a great return policy. I received my bow a couple weeks ago, and I was somewhere in the territory of disbelief that it was so much better than my other bows. How could a slim piece of wood be made so differently than another that it could change the feeling this much? I would describe the bow as something that, once played for a bit, seems to vanish and become part of your arm rather than a tool you are trying to manipulate - which is all I’ve ever felt before this. Even though I was amazed, I noticed that the bow had an unusual curve in it when tightened. I sent some photos and asked if it would be an issue, and Michael responded letting me know that it needed to be replaced. I was quickly emailed a return label, and was even able to speak with Fiddlershop on the phone to share some specifics of what I wanted in a replacement - hoping for the same weight and balance. In a little over a week I got my replacement bow, and it’s even better than the first one. They even took extra care in shipping it double boxed, and included a really nice silk Holstein bow bag and violin shaped bottle opener. Nice touch! I am so impressed by the bow itself, as well as the commitment to excellent business practice and care for me as a customer taking a chance on a big investment. A lot of people have wrote this in reviews here, and I’m happy to jump on this train: if you are on the fence about taking a chance by spending a little more on a bow, you really should do yourself the favor of going for it. I’ll never regret it, and I bet you won’t either. Holstein 3 star bow. Just do it.

United States United States
Great bow!

This bow is great for every level. I was looking for a better bow for my son who started playing violin about 1 year ago. I purchased this bow with Soloist per Michael's recommendation. My son loves this bow. It produces a mellow and sweet sound, easy to put rosin on.

Mark M.
United States United States
Very Happy Customer..

Excellent bow! Balance and feedback was perfect! Although it has never been necessary, one of the reasons I purchase from the Fiddleshop is their customer service. I Know if I wasn’t satisfied they would make it right! The Holstein 3 star is a very nice bow and deserving of your consideration..

David G.
United States United States
Great Bow, Just as Before....

I wanted another good bow and was looking for a wooden bow to complement my old CodaBow Conservatory model [same price point as the Diamond NX, but straight carbon fiber, not a graphite weave, so a bit stiffer than the NX], which I like very much. I had already purchased the Holstein 3-star for viola; so, I decided to get one for violin as well. It gives me just what I wanted: 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 highly recommend this bow. Plus, the staff at Fiddlershop were happy to communicate with me and find out what I wanted. The solid shipping container also showed how seriously they take their service.

Regina P.
United States United States
New Holstein 3 Star Bow

Excellent. This bow is beautiful and a dream to use. Good weight and balance. Wonderful sound.

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