I have just bought a new Carbondix CF violin bow for 130$, because my cheap wooden bow which came with the students violin outfit wasn't really good. It wasn't well balanced, and I'm not sure if the hair was a real horse hair. I'm very pleased with the new bow - I'm a begginer, so I can't tell if it's comparable to pernambucos, or other bows - but it's definitely better than my old one. It's gliding over the strings with no effort and it produces cleaner sound (of course - my lack of technique cannot be recompensated by the new bow, but it improved by bowing!). I can't compare to LaSalle, Presto, or Cadenza - but for 130$ price range I can recommend it, I'm really happy with that buy. It's also really elegant IMO :)
And a photo (not mine, acctually): http://maticomp.net/carbondix.jpg
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