Jonpaul Carrera Viola Bow review
We set the bar high with the Carrera, modeling it after an exquisite Pajeot we had on loan. Old French feel and rich tone were required to meet the challenge and we are very pleased with the results. While the Carrera includes the classic features of our other models (one piece construction, etc.), special attention is given to each aspect of bow making to achieve yet another level of playing and sound. Improvements were made in balance, weight, and flexibility, not just to enhance the techniques of the player, but to create the warm, rich, and powerful tones of the best wooden bows.
The appearance is also enhanced with a textured, “varnished” finish. Unique and beautiful, yet the classic red-brown colors are discreet enough to blend into any collection.
The Carrera is Sterling silver mounted with options of traditional ebony frog or white water buffalo horn frog.
Firm or Flexible
The JonPaul Carrera bow comes in two stick strengths, firm and flexible. Both types are used by players of any skill level. Generally, a stronger stick is well paired with a darker sounding instrument. This strength can pull more sound from a particular instrument when needed. A more flexible stick will round out and soften a bright or more focused sounding instrument. The player’s personal taste and playing style will add another variable into which model is best suited for any instrument.
- Ebony (Standard)
- Black Horn
- White Horn
We at Fiddlershop guarantee JonPaul Bows for life. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the bow free of charge. It's as simple as that!
I've been using my JonPaul Carrera bow for a while now and it seems that every day it brings out new sound colors on my viola. It's has a great feel in my hand and pulls a warm sound immediately. It is obviously the best bow I've ever tried and I've tried many. I've tried out several much more expensive bows that didn't have the immediate response that this bow has. My conductor mentioned the warmth of my sound which was a surprise and very welcome. It's really worth every penny.