From Juda S
Posted April 2, 2008 at 03:21 PM
However, I have researched this quite a bit and from reviews and articles it would seem that the Jon Paul bows are equivalent in quality to their corresponding competing models of Coda.
Also interesting to note that Jon Paul is the superseding brand of what once was Rolland Spiccato carbon fiber bows. The guys who make those Jon Paul bows used to make those Rolland Spiccato bows and they were very popular, some say the best CF bows ever made. So if their heritage and track record is anything to go by, then those Jon Paul branded bows should be rather nice.
But in any event, you don't want to buy a bow from hearsay, you would want to try them out, preferable comparing them against other bows.
I don't have experience with the bows you are looking at, but I can vouch for the quality in the company.
Well, this post has more than two years, but as I have practiced for about a year with a JonPaul Maestro cello bow, I would like to comment a few things for violinists or cellists interested in this bow. This is an 82 grams (the cello model) carbon composite bow, beautifly finished, with a wine-like color, impecable construction and balance, mounted in 18K gold. This bow is intended for advanced students and professionals, it is not easy to control, the tip is a little heavier than average bows, but when you get used to it, the sound it produces it's outstanding. It produces a warm, silkish, mellow, and at the same time brilliant sound. Deep and powerful enough in the low notes. I love this bow, you can feel it's core, (as in the most expensive artist bowmaker pernambuco bows) stiffness, density, balance and elasticity. I understand this series of JonPaul bows have been discontinued and replaced by the new "Carrera" and "Vetta" bows. That´s why in some stores you can find this outsanding bow for very few bucks. From $900 to $1000 for cello, depending on the store, for a gold mounted bow!! But remember: this is not a bow easy to control, you need experience and practice. You will need some time to learn to control it and adapt to the bow. It's one of the best carbon fiber-composite bows in the market, I highly recommend it.
I haven't played with a jon paul maestro, but i have a jon paul bravo that i really like. it's easy to handle and was pretty cheap--$265. THe two bows i had before it were cheaper. one of them stopped tightenign--i play with a pretty taut bow, and this one just stopped tightening at all one day. my next one actually snapped at the tip. :O my bravo has done great.
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