Note from Rhiannon: I once destroyed a lovely wood bow by dropping it only four short inches to a carpeted floor. Game over. Replacing it with another expensive wood bow was fleeting since it would not survive long in a hostile environment (ie: among music students and a toddler).
My next investment had to be tough, but it couldn't hold me back musically. I invested in carbon fibre (fiber) and never turned back.
A review by Fiddleheads Owner and award-winning musician, Rhiannon Nachbaur
As the old growth instrument wood supply diminishes, price tags for decent pernambuco bows are increasing. Quality is becoming questionable and a player really has to pick through to find a good stick. Then what happens when you accidentally drop or warp your bow?
Carbon fibre (fiber) bows come at a fraction of the price of a pernambuco stick because of the cost-effective materials used and the decreased man hours in their construction. By purchasing a Prism bow you are also playing your part towards decreasing deforestation.
As for durability, all carbon fibre bows are nearly immune to warping or breaking due to their durable design and strong carbon material. [That is, unless you run it over with a Hummer or pop it in the microwave...]
They will not warp when left tight overnight, though this could still stretch the hair but the stick remains unharmed. And as with any bow the player must not strike it against hard surfaces. Such damage would cause the appearance may to be altered by small scratches or chips in the metallic colored finish. The gold and brown bows are best for hiding any scratches.
Recent developments in carbon fibre technology make these handmade carbon fibre bows play and feel like a pernambuco, especially the high-end graphite "Original" professional level bow. You don't need to compromise tone or feel with these bows.
A far more affordable than most carbon fibre bows [comparable to Coda student bows] in this "intermediate" class, the Prism feels light and well-balanced [feels slightly lighter at the tip].
Spiccato and ricochet bowings are easily played and the tone is bright and clear, making it excellent for projection. These bows have a brighter tone than the Coda Aspire, which is in the same class of bow but for a much better pricetag.
Prism bows are played by beginner to advanced students and professionals alike. We sell these bows to players ranging from students completing their upper grade conservatory exams, fiddlers competing in contests and professionals who need a reliable outdoor gig or teaching bow without risking damage to their expensive pernambucos.
Complete with an inlayed ebony frog, leather and nickel grips and top quality Mongolian horse hair, these bows come in ten lovely colors to reflect your personality. They are rehaired the same as a regular bow by any luthier.
Current bows were manufactured by hand in Wadowice, Poland. Note the maker passed away April 2012. The last of the Polish stock is available through Fiddleheads.ca.
Looking for a carbon fibre bow under $100?
Looking for a higher quality bow? The Original bow is a professional level bow that plays like a high end pernambuco.