My 12 year old nephew, who's been studying seriously for two years now, came over to give me a few arco lessons (really!) and pick up some rock and jazz lessons from me. While he was over, I asked him to do a sort of impromptu bow review of the four bows (all German) we had between us: A solid fiberglass Glasser; A composite glass/carbon Glasser; A Bob G bow A $45 eBay bow, probably Chinese He liked both the Glasser composite and the BobG bows a lot; hard to say which he preferred; he's been using the composite Glasser for about a half a year, and likes it (as does his teacher), but I think the look and feel of the BobG bow really appealed to him; he's looking forward to his first good wood bow. The $45 eBay bow he didn't care for at all- in fact, he liked it less than the solid glass Glasser. He took a couple striokes, made a face, and handed it back to me. My own experience is that it's a very thin sounding bow. Something to think about when looking at those "bargains".