I got this bow with my bass, a 1950's German ply. This is a student model bow, nothing exceptional but it works and pulls a good sound (as long as you aren't using Spiros ). Recently rehaired with black hair and cleaned up by a very reputable luthier. I haven't played with it much because I just can't dig the French style and would very much like to stay on German, but the hair grabs pretty nicely with a good rosin (lots of Carlsson works nicely.) Brazilwood, french, fairly heavy (thick stick) but nothing that's gonna blow a vein in your forehead. I just can't stand playing French -- I wanted to learn very badly and just can't get used to it, so I'm looking to pick up one of Bob's German sticks ASAP. I'd love to trade this straight for a used Gollihur German, if anyone has one they'd like to get rid of. Pics arriving soon. EDIT: I'll see what I can do to get an accurate measure of the weight tomorrow at school.