Coda Bow Aspire vs Shar's Presto carbon fiber bow

August 14, 2005 at 04:05 AM · Has anyone tried both of these bows to be able to tell a difference? I played Coda's Aspire and it was excellent. However, the Presto carbon fiber bow is advertised as a very good bow, but it costs much less than Coda's Aspire.

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August 16, 2005 at 04:20 PM · I think I tried a Coda bow, once, but I've never tried a Presto bow. So, I'm not really sure. Anyone else?

September 1, 2005 at 10:30 AM · Did you like the coda bow?

September 1, 2005 at 04:47 PM · I tried the Presto and thought it was very nice for $89. It felt heavier than I am used to , but it gave me more sound. It is also good looking with a nice frog and black stick. My thumb wouldnt fit in the frog so it had to stay precariously on the edge. I could get used to that though. I havent tried the three new professional models that are out now, Im sure they are very nice.

September 23, 2005 at 07:09 PM · CodaBows are still the best carbon fiber bows for the money. The manufacuring is more consistent than any other bow, and there is a high degree of likelihood that it will function well on whatever instrument it is played on. There are lots of lesser CF bows on the market now, both regarding price and quality, and even the same make and model tends to have wide variations in how they play - in that regard they are not even in the same league as a CodaBow. There is no magic. An inexpensive bow is going to be limited in terms of playing quality, sound, and also in the pleasure derived from using it! Reed Bernstein.

September 24, 2005 at 02:11 AM · I have purchased the Presto CF bows for violin and viola for my kids.

I don't play myself but I can tell you the weight and balance on the Presto bows seems fine. I wonder how the Presto compares to other CF bows as well.

We also have a Coda conservatory violin bow. The Presto violin bow actually weighs a bit less than the Coda - 60.9 grams and the Coda weighs 61.18 grams.

The Presto Viola weighs 65.46 grams..

Of course, most would say that bow balance and feel is more important than bow weight and I cannot evaluate the feel. I will say the Coda gets almost all of the playing time and the Presto sits waiting as a backup.

October 25, 2010 at 11:25 PM ·

Has anyone compared the Coda Diamond GX & the Presto Impulse CF bows?    They look almost alike & cost about the same.. makes me curious.              "Curious George"

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