Holstein 3-star Pernambuco Violin Bow

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Size: 3/4
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$519

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10/06/2020
Beau
United States United States
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.

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10/02/2020
S.J.
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.

MM
09/28/2020
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..

DG
09/16/2020
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.

RP
08/14/2020
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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