Has anyone ever had experience with the CodaBow GX? In the description of it, it states that it "offers performance once reserved for only the finest pernambuco bows." How does its actual performance compare to that statement, and how does it compare to wood bows in the same price range?
I've tried two and wasn't impressed. They are definitely better than the NX, though.
I have one that I use for a backup/outdoor bow. It's a good bow, and I'm glad to have something that I can travel with internationally without having to deal with any hassle at the border, but by no means is it as good or better than my French pernambuco bow.
If you're looking for a new bow, try a variety of affordable bows and pick your favourite. Keep your expectations in mind.
If I were looking for a carbon fiber bow in that price range today, I would get a JonPaul Avanti. I have one as a backup to my fine bows and it plays very nicely.
As a side note, I've tried exactly one CF bow where I'd believe the claim that it plays as well as a fine bow, and that's the Arcus S9, which at $9k, seems reasonably comparable in handling to a fine French pernambucco bow in that general price range, like a Morizot.
I have a GX, it's my teaching/playing outside/pracitising scales bow, but in an emergency I wouldn't worry about performing with it. As others have mentioned, it handles well, but there is a deadness in the sound. I always wonder whether the audience is as aware of that difference in sound as the performer is.
Lydia -- yes, the Arcus upper-end bows are fantastic. The only other CF that I have played that handles like a fine French bow is my Benoit Rolland "Spiccato" bow, no longer in production. I have some very fine bows and I'm still impressed with the Rolland to this day.
In any discussion of bows, it needs to be pointed out that there is not one "best" bow but a variety of bow styles and qualities. Certain bows will click with certain players at certain times in their life. What sounds great on one violin will be flat on another. And what works great playing Brahms or Mahler might not be optimal for Haydn or Mozart.
I was shopping for a carbon fibre bow this autumn because I didn't dare try to bring my ivory-tipped wooden bow into the US. I mail ordered a Jon Paul Carrera and only after recieving it found out that it was available in a firm and a flexible version. I was informed that my bow was the flexible and found a little softer than I would have preferred, so I arranged for the dealer to ship the firm bow also so I could compare. I had them send the Codabow Marquise also and had the possibility to compare to a friends Codabow Diamond GX.
For an orchestral player with a frequent need to use a CF bow, my guess is that a high-end Arcus would be a great day to day bow. What impressed me about the S9 was not just how well it handled without obvious adaptation, but also the fact that the tone produced was not obviously CF-like; on my violin it was within the tonal variance range of the other bows I was trying alongside it (mostly French antique bows in the same price range).
I compared an GX to a couple of Arcus bows around two years back and ended up buying a P4 (which at that time I preferred over the P5 and P6 I had for trial as well).