I'm happy with my CF bow but I'm buying into all the stories here about the better tone and colors you get from real wood. Every time I have a lesson, I use my teacher's antique wood bow - it is heavier than mine and pulls a beautiful buttery sound all along th bow -quite an I provememt from mine. In the $2K-$4K range, what should I be looking for. I live in NY. I have an appointment to test a few Arcos Brasil bows, mostly the gold plated and special editions. In my budget I may also be able to get something made by a local luthier with a great reputation. I'm not at a level where I can do acid tests (upbow spicatto, ricochet, etc) in checking out the bow. Is it possible to end up with a darn good pernambuco with my budget. I was first told that CF fibers are always better until you you start looking at bows worth more than $3k. The Arcos Brasil are most under that.
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