Graphite Bass Bows

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by ray, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. ray


    Feb 2, 2000

    I would like to know is it worth to buy a graphite bow, what are the differeces between the graphite bow and the traditional wood bow? What are the disadvantages of graphite bow??

    Thank You
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The idea of a graphite bow is it is more stable than wood and it can be manufactured with great consistency from one bow to the next. The disdvantage is it isn't wood :D

    All the scuttlebutt I have heard is that pros with graphite bows use them as backups or in situations where they are worred about damaging a really fine wood bow.

    The prices vary a lot, the Glasser carbon fiber bows are about $300 and the cheapest I've seen. They are also the most detested. Carbow starts around $600, I think. There's a French brand whose name I don't recall that is more like a can get a pretty sweet wood bow for that much!

    I've been sniffing around the Glasser since I'm ready to move up from fiberglass :rolleyes: and like the low-maintenance aspect of the graphite bow (my first bow 20 years ago actually was wood, but it was also warped; when the local bowmakers told me it wasn't worth fixing I wasn't going to buy a $300 bow to go with my $300 bass :p ).
  3. olivier


    Dec 17, 1999
    Paris, France
    The third brand that Brian is refering to is ALG, made/designed by bow maker Alain Le Gouic. I got mine here in France for about 600US$ (slightly less than for a Carbow) when I was shopping for a new bow. I did not find any sweet decent pernambouc bow for that price. I found ALG bows better balanced, better sounding (quite dark) and better finished than the Carbows. I have not tried nor seen any Glasser. I still have my "entry level" (and sweet, indeed) Augagneur pernambouc bow which beats all the Ary that I have tried, but the ALG is better, something like more nervous.
    Try as many bows as you can, preferably at home rather than at the store.
  4. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    I didn't get to Paris; there's a story in OFF TOPIC on a thread I titled Drum Roll, Please

    I'm not competent to judge synthetic bows. I bought the cheapest available carbon and fiberglass bows so I wouldn't have to worry on jobs in joints full of drunks, waiters and trays full of food and drink. Michael Moore bought his carbon bow for the same reason. His try-out included throwing it at a cinderblock wall.
  5. Aroneng

    Aroneng Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    I recently tried one of ALG bows. I was impressed with its balance and feel, but found it to be too bright and not dark sounding. It did provide excellent sound projection though. If someone is interested in trying one I would recommend that you try it and compare it to a good pernambuco bow. The price is now about $750.
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I'm no expert, but I've had the chance to try out the Grunberger carbon fiber bow (around $900), and I really like it. I'm very new to the double bass, but the playability is great, it's very responsive, and I'm not 'fighting the bow' for a good tone.