Description: Violin Bow - Full Size Carbon Fiber bow for Fiddlers
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Adam R. Sweet's Fiddler's Bow (pat.pend.)
"I think it's a real nice bow for fiddling, and that most people would really enjoy it. I'd certainly recommend it, especially at that great price."
"When I play the bow, I find myself naturally gravitating towards the upper 1.3 (where hair is closest to stick). That's an improvement from where I was playing. I like its overall feel, balance, and playability. It is currently my bow of choice. Also, I like the green rosin. It has a smooth but effective grip in dry climate, and leaves very little dust on the top of my instrument"
"I meet Adam in FiddleHangout. I've been looking for another bow for about 2 months. I did lots of homework & searching for performance and tone quality. I had it narrowed down to Adam's bow and a Coda NX. The weight and feedback I read about Adam's bow helped make my decision. Not to mention help/advice I received from Adam for playing fiddle. I found him to be quite helpful to me and others with his suggestions. He's also quite knowledgeable with the fiddle/violin. So when I looked into his bow and then looked into others, I kept going back to his. Mostly because my personal experience from him."
In the making of my bow, I sought advice from Rick Rigall (Wm Moening & Sons), Steve Beckley (Bowworks.com), Roger Treat (Putney, VT), Matt Stamell (Stamell String), Andrew Glasser (Glasser Bows), and Ken Wise (International Violin). Michael T. Sowden talked to me about bow hair (I only use the best), and Jacy Sousa (Horst John) made suggestions about the frog and tip.
The following text was written by Steve R. Perry of Gianna Violins, who loves my bow and carries it in his shop.
"Developed by fiddler Adam R. Sweet over a 15 year period, using feedback from the thousands of fiddlers from all over the world,
* Specifically designed for fiddling, suitable for players of all levels.
* Relatively light, about 59 g on average and stiffer than average.
* Tip is slightly more "massive," but not much heavier than a standard French bow tip, just spread out over a wider area like a baroque bow, or a cello bow, giving it the feel and effect of more mass, but without a sensation of heaviness.
* Gives faster play at the tip, without pushing down very hard on the stick, letting the fiddler produce a good solid tone at any speed.
* Solid carbon graphite stick, not a hollow or fiber stick. Stamped from a solid mass of carbon graphite, then carved and shaped to match the model.
* Virtually unbreakable.
* All other niceties of a standard French style violin bow: i.e., fully mounted genuine ebony frog, Parisian eye, three-part button, faux whalebone wrap, leather grip, and the finest bow hair.
* Standard wooden wedges, easily removed and replaced (no nails, screws or plastic plugs to worry about)."
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