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Has anyone had much experience with Carbon fiber bows?
Some examples are: Codabows, Arcus bows, Spiccato bows, and Arcolla bows

There are getting to be more of them in the marketplace.

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Has anyone had much experience with Carbon fiber bows?
Some examples are: Codabows, Arcus bows, Spiccato bows, and Arcolla bows

There are getting to be more of them in the marketplace.


New fad.....that's all.
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New fad.....that's all.
I've noticed a growth in the last ten years. It's may be that good bow wood is becoming more rare and expensive.
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I've noticed a growth in the last ten years. It's may be that good bow wood is becoming more rare and expensive.


*In a Western accent*

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I've been heard that theyr cuttin' down them rainforests these days.....)
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Before you know it we'll start running out of carbon fiber trees.
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Pernambuco supply is a definite problem. Not sure if that is the main driver for carbon fiber bow development, though.

http://www.ipci-comurnat.org/eng01.htm

The website of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative.
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Pernambuco supply is a definite problem. Not sure if that is the main driver for carbon fiber bow development, though.

http://www.ipci-comurnat.org/eng01.htm

The website of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative.

What do you think is the main driver then? Fashion? Improvements in performance?
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What do you think is the main driver then? Fashion? Improvements in performance?


I was actually looking at the Coda bow site just now. Supply may be a main driver. A lot of their literature is basically "you can't get a pernambuco bow that is this good for close to this price". So, their $395 (violin) Conservatory bow seems to be aimed at the advanced student that wants a good bow but doesn't want to pay a lot more than that for a similar-quality pernambuco.

They don't seem to say that they are better than the best pernambuco bows at the top end, though. Interesting.

It's funny, this is almost the exact debate that was going on in the bagpipe world, too. Bagpipes are typically made of rare woods, also, and companies are starting to make Delrin (plastic) drones and chanters.
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I was actually looking at the Coda bow site just now. Supply may be a main driver. A lot of their literature is basically "you can't get a pernambuco bow that is this good for close to this price". So, their $395 (violin) Conservatory bow seems to be aimed at the advanced student that wants a good bow but doesn't want to pay a lot more than that for a similar-quality pernambuco.

They don't seem to say that they are better than the best pernambuco bows at the top end, though. Interesting.

It's funny, this is almost the exact debate that was going on in the bagpipe world, too. Bagpipes are typically made of rare woods, also, and companies are starting to make Delrin (plastic) drones and chanters.


I would love to try the Carbon Fiber Viola made by Luis and Clark. http://www.luisandclark.com/
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A review of some of the models. This article is about 4 years old, though:

http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issu.../BowReview.html
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