For the past several weeks, I've been having shops and makers send me close to thirty bows all in all to audition. It's been a somewhat intimidating process having so many great bows all at once. I tried bows from Reid Hudson, Pierre-Yves Fuchs, Roy Quade, Bernard Walke, Bisch, Steve Reiley, La Pierre, Morizot, George Rubino, and quite a few others. What ended up making a tremendous difference in my selection process was having my bass teacher come over and playing many of these on my bass for me to listen. Prior to doing this, I was fairly settled on the Roy Quade bow. What I found though was that out front, the sound from most bows diffused and became fuzzy and lost in the room the farther you got from the bass. A select few had this mass like quality however that remained clear and strong no matter the distance. It was these bows that actually seemed quieter when actually playing the bass. The two bows that had this quality were the Fuchs and an unstamped bow attributed to Victor Fetique. The more I compared the other bows to these bows, I became increasingly dissatisfied with the other bows. Ultimately, I picked the Fetique for it's sweeter sound and more comfortable playability, but the Fuchs was definately no slouch. The moral of the story for all you bow shoppers is to have other people play your bows on your bass while you stand back and listen from different distances. Here the pics of the bow. Now, I realize that this is an attributed bow and that there is always a risk that the bow is not going to have a great resale value and yada yada. I negotiated this bow for what I consider to be a good price, and I am confident in my decision. The bottom line is that this is my favorite of the bows I tried, and I'm buying it to play, not to sell it.