I'm a college music major/electric "convert" (only been playing DB since september) currently using a glasser piece of junk fiberglass bow on a Shen hybrid. I am feeling somewhat desperately that I need to upgrade to a more usable bow. I can tolerate the glasser for learning on to some extent. My main problem is that when I practice for an hour or two I am getting pain in my right hand and forearm which from past experience with electric I know can lead to tendonitis. I'm fairly certain that this is because the bow is so light that I'm having to overexert myself to produce a good sound (well.. good for a glasser I guess). I don't know how much the glasser weighs, but I played a friends bow (which I believe was brazilwood, they said they paid about 700 for it but didn't know what it was made of.. go figure) and it felt like it was at least twice the weight. Pretty easy to play with and produce a good tone. My teachers pernambucco bow is sort of in between but the bow hair is like 50% wider than on the glasser and is so much easier to play with. Being a college student I don't have a lot of money to throw around on a bow. I have been eyeing the Bob G brazilwood bows for a while, as they're very reasonable pricewise and would be an obvious improvement over fiberglass. I'm a little concerned about ordering a mail-order bow, even if it is from Bob, because from what I understand the quality of these cheap bows is extremely variable from stick to stick. Is it a better idea to find a store that carries similar bows and try some of them out before deciding? Should I look into a cheaper carbon fiber bow? From what I've seen "good" CF bows tend to run around $700 which is out of my price range. I'm kind of hoping to spend less than $300 on a bow. I'm worried about ending up regretting my bow purchase, but I am somewhat desperate to get something soon because fairly soon I'm going to have to up my practice time (which is already at 2+ hours a day) to prepare for end of semester juries and concerts, and since I'm already experiencing some pain during my practice sessions it's only going to get worse. Any advice?