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Author Topic: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?  (Read 2116 times)

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My teacher has recommended a carbon-fiber bow for me ... it's sold by Fiddlershop:

https://fiddlershop.com/fiddlerman-s-carbon-fiber-bow-violin.html

I also see some carbon graphite bows in the same price range on the International Violin web site. Are these two names for the same thing, or is there a difference?


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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 06, 2018, 04:59:45 PM »
I hadn't heard of carbon graphite bows till I read your post, but they are a thing it appears and after a bit of googling around it is clear they are different from carbon fibre as Glasser list them seperately. As far as I can see carbon "graphite" is a cheaper production process than that using braided carbon fibres.

There's a post about it here https://bluegrassdaddy.com/forums/topic/cheap-carbon-fiber-bows-vs-expensive-cf-bows/.

You can buy "carbon" bows from a few quid up to thousands depending on brand and quality, same as with wood!
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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 07, 2018, 02:05:20 AM »
Thanks for the comments. More research is in the cards, obviously.

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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 08, 2018, 01:25:03 AM »
I've tried it and a pretty good bow for the price.
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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 08, 2018, 01:32:03 AM »
I've tried it and a pretty good bow for the price.

You're talking about the Fiddlerman, I presume.

At my lesson yesterday, my teacher played the bow that came with the violin and decided that it was a pretty good bow and would hold me for a while. God knows where it came from or who made it.

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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 08, 2018, 02:44:16 AM »
Everything about fiddles, including bows, is personal.  The only ey to know what you like or what works for you, is to try them out in person. 

The bow itself may be adequate, but keep trying bows out as you progress.  Eventually you will find one that is right up your alley.  My favorite bow is an $80 Chinese wooden bow that I've had for 10+ years.  It is inferior in every way to my $700 CF bow, but I just like it better. 

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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 08, 2018, 05:51:30 AM »
bow stories. Ok, I'm in. I've got a Long & McQuade special at $120, not sure what it is, maybe just fibre glass if there is such a thing, and it's my main bow. Once upon a time I was down at Ye Old Violin Shoppe trying out bows, had a few laid out on the table along with the one I'm talking about for comparison. there was a guy there I met once before who makes trips to Italy to deal violins. He heard my bow and thought it was a shop bow, thought it sounded good/powerful and asked if he could use it on a couple of fiddles he was trying. I said sure. I had to leave not too long after that and asked him for the bow back. He looked at me with surprise and said 'this is your bow'?  I said yeah, not too bad for a 120 bucks at Long & McQuade eh? He looked at the bow once more and said 'yeah'.

I've also got an Alessandro Carlesso pernambuca at $400. I like it a lot also, feels good, not real loud but focused and sweet. But if I was forced to give one up and keep the other, I'd hafta give up the Alessandro.
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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 08, 2018, 09:34:28 AM »
I also can vouch for the Fidderman carbon fiber bow.  It's a very good bow for the price.

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Re: carbon/graphite vs. Carbon fiber ... what's the difference?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 11, 2018, 02:30:32 PM »
I discovered recently that some fast reels are now easier to play on my 35 (1994 price) clunky old cheapo wooden bow than they are on my 1k carbon bow!

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