Anyone try JonPaul Matrix?
I'm still on the hunt for a CF violin and viola bow. Codas are too expensive for me at the moment for what I'm looking for.
I've looked at the Fiddlerman CF violin bow, and I've heard some good things, but I know they also sell the JonPaul Matrix for violin and viola.
Has anyone had any experiences with them in terms of tone and response? My budget is ~$200USD.
I'm not doing any crazy solo playing, just teaching 7th and 8th grade and playing violin II in my town's semi-pro orchestra ( the majority is good enough to do Firebird in our concert tomorrow, yikes! That's another story...)
Thanks in advance!
P.S. if anyone has any other recommendations that I may not have thought about, do let me know! :)
I've sold plenty of the Matrix bows and the Vibrants, which are essentially the same bow, one with metallic threads in the weave, and the Matrix not. They are clear, responsive, articulate, and fiddle players love them, classical players seem less interested. For $200 bucks or less you would have to be lucky to find a wood bow that is better.
I have a JonPaul Fusion which is around the same price as the Matrix. As I am adult beginner on the violin and have only had lessons for a year, I am hardly able to judge bows. I got the Fusion bow as an affordable option hoping to improve the sound I was producing. It was an amazing improvement over the bow that came with my violin. It seems weighted differently and is easier for me to control. It seems livelier to handle. I immediately noticed a difference in sound. Sorry I could not describe this any better.
I recently bought a carbon fiber violin and ordered a JonPaul matrix bow at the same time. I immediately sent the Matrix bow back because it didn't respond as well on the carbon fiber violin OR my 100-year-old wooden violin. It was just not a good bow for my playing. I did a serious upgrade to a CodaBow Joule, which I love on both my violins.
I have a jon paul matrix as a back up and like it. Fiddlerman is great. I found a corona on sale at another store. I called fiddlerman and asked if they would meet that price and they gave me a price that was $20 less than the sale price. Don't pay the listed price, call and talk to them. Really nice people.
Sometimes I wonder if all of the sticks of a given bow brand are just all the same, and all they change are the mounts and fittings (and the name and the price).
Hmm thanks everyone! I talked to my luthier when I picked up my newest violin* from him and he said he'll have the Noir, Matrix, and Fusion in by December so he'll call me when he gets them and I can try them. He did say the Fiddlerman one is great.
Duane, how much silver is there in a typical bow? I ask because the spot price of silver is about $0.60 per gram. So if the whole bow were made of silver the raw material cost would be under $40.
Silver is easier to work than Nickel, but traditionally, a silver mounted bow is about 2x that of a Ni mounted bow, and gold is about 2x what a silver mounted bow costs.
Supposedly bow makers select their better sticks for more expensive mountings. Note that carbon fiber is not as consistent as most people think.
True. One friend has wood set aside for gold mounted bows that he thinks is his best. CF is not as consistent, as you mention, and that used to worry me as I watched out the window as the wing of the 787 flexed upward.
I play JonPaul Bravo, which I picked from some 20 or 30 bows in it’s price range. I understand it’s more than double the budget you have, but still - It’s not crazy expensive.