To make a long story short...I sent a couple really good German bows away to be sold on consignment. Leaving me with nothing. After hearing all those stories about Edgar Myer using those ugly cheapo French bows, I figured i'd look for the least expensive wood German bow I could find. It turned out to be an octagon Brazil wood bow offered by Bob for $148 including shipping. I basically just wanted this bow as something temporary while shopping for a decent middle of the road bow. Upon receiving the bow, I thought he made a mistake! Octagonal, nice tip. straight as an arrow, leather/silver wire grip, ebony frog with inlaid abalone dot, abalone frog slide and a nice, balanced feel producing a really good sound! It's a good feeling to get something without scrutinizing it and have it exceed your expectations....Thanks Bob!