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Glasser Braided Carbon Fiber Bow

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by bejoyous, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    Has anyone tried a Glasser braided carbon fiber bow?
  2. I have heard that all "not wood bows" are similar in that they do not vibrate like a wood bow does. They sound stuffy, dull or not "organic". I would love to try both the Glasser bow that you mentioned and the coda bow (revelation) "side by side". Has anyone tried the Glasser braided carbon fibre bow(retail $ 650.00)?? Cheers!
  3. Yeh, I have one - got it for Christmas. What I like about it is that it is light but pulls really good across the strings. I tried a Meinel pernambuco and one other in the same price range and I liked the Glasser the best.
  4. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    My bass teacher uses one of those glassers as his back up bow as opposed to his arsenal of other pernambuco bows. I tried it a couple of times and impressed with how much sound it could pull. I think it's a good value bow personally.
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  5. forrestjams


    May 21, 2009
    I noticed the last entry is a few years old. Can anyone add anything to the conversation? How are the Glass Braided Carbon Fibre Bows? Can anyone compare it to the Metropolitan?
  6. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    I have a Glasser braided carbon fiber bow, but I just rehaired it and am gradually working in the rosin. In other words, it's not ready to be evaluated.

    Odd, but it's a bit longer (½-¾ inch?) than my other bows and does not easily fit into my bow case with the frog fully forward. Glasser just calls it full-sized.
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  7. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have had one for years and think it is the best of the cf litter (Metropolitan, Coda, Finale). It draws a big sound and is pretty flexible in the hand. It suffers from the Glasser name tag
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  8. icanjam


    Dec 8, 2013
    Manitowoc, WI
    I've heard a lot about these bows though I've never played one myself. People really really like them and say the worst part about them is the glasser badge. I wouldn't hesitate to try one. I really think that glasser should market these bows harder and try to replace their "generic school bow" badge with something like a good company that also makes good school bows.
    And for what it's worth I played a Glasser Pernambuco Viola bow once and it was pretty nice, real good sound it just didn't have the kind of control I like and I opted for a Coda Ovation instead.
  9. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
  10. I recently got a braided CF German model. It's not as complex or loud as my good bow, an older pernambuco Siefert, but it's damn close. The stock white hair is sparse and generally sucks, but that can be easily remedied.
  11. I had both for a while and my metro was the older make. I sold the metro. Balance was different. Overall sound complexity of the two bows were really similar even though the metro had black hair while the glasser has white. In comparison, the glasser was a tad brighter, louder and the tone was organ-like true. The metro sounded scratchy which is why I sold it. My primary bow today has black hair which gives it that presence edge, but nothing like the metro. The frog on the glasser was a little bigger. Stick length the glasser is a little longer. The glasser is a little heavier in the tip than the metro. Kept the glasser even though I rarely use it since I got an old french grip German shop bow which I love (my primary bow today). If you are interested in one, I may part with it. PM me. I don't want to derail your topic.

    The glasser is a really good bow and its nice to see the fondness for it in this thread. I just applied some rosin due to this thread to it and played for 10 minutes. It is loud and powerful, for sure, and I really appreciate it in my collection.

    Here is a Metro sample here from when I sold it: