I have a small dilema which I wanted a second opinion about. I am a beginner at the violin and purchased a 12 year old Leon Aubert (#808, Stradivarius model) for about $160 (I think it's a good deal, but maybe not). The problem is that the bow lost it's curve between about the frog and almost to the middle; it is pretty straight up until the middle and then it curves. I think the bow lost some of its camber after 12 years of tightening horse hairs and it's probably not a really good bow anyways. I thought about replacing the bow and decided to go with carbon fiber bows, since I hear that they are better than pernambuco in the same price range (correct me if I'm wrong). The Glasser braided carbon fibre bow is pretty much all that can fit my budget (I know what you're all thinking). So, I was wondering if it would be worth replacing the bow I have or should I stick with it for some time before upgrading? My luthier said after the hairs are done (about a year), to toss the stick, but then again, can't trust someone in their shop. In addition, I have another question, specifically about the Glasser braided bow... is it better to get the octogonal or the round version? Now I know that the octogonal version is stiffer, but I don't have the bows to compare so I decided to ask. Anyways, I would appreciate any comments (that is, if you can make it through the entire message without passing out).
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