I currently have a bow that I picked up from a small music shop somewhere on Long Island run by an older Italian man. (From what he said, i take it he grew up in Italy working in instrument shops). Anyway, the more I play, I'm finding this bow VERY uncomfortable to play. It feels very heavy. A fellow bass student of mine, got a Bob Gollihur german bow, that feels about 1/2 as heavy, yet it still feels sturdy (and it was much cheaper). Also, i think the balance point of the bow is WAY off. If i try to balance the stick over my finger, the balance point is maybe an inch and a half PAST the wrapping. That is, maybe 2 1/2 inches past where my index finger lays. I feel like as i bow the bow slips out of my hand and i have to grip with my thumb to hold on to it... this causes a fair ammount of pain. This bow cost me about $500, I think it was used, it's marked with Schicker (i think, it's hard to read the last 2 letters) on the side. As well as germany on the bottom of the stick. If i look around (lemur) new shicker bows seem to be VERY good/expensive bows. this bow is pernembucu, or that's what i was told atleast, and it's french grip. Mine looks a little differnet than the Shickers on lemur, there is much less inlay on the bottom other than that it looks similar. I'm wondering... where do other peoples bows balance? Is mine seriously wrong? Sould i invest (poor college student) in a new bow? Where i live there are not any bow shops nearby, I woould probably have to drive 2+ hours to get somewhere that might have a small selection. I would love a sue lipkins bow, but i don't have $4k to spend. Maybe it would be worth sending my bow to Sue to get it re-haird and i don't know if she can do anything for balance, short of cutting a new frog? Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice.