For the past several weeks, I have been lugging my bass around to try different bows. Hows that for pain. It's worth it though, I have found a very comfortable bow. My teacher liked it so well he is looking to play a few of the same make and model to buy as a student bow and additional back up. I was pretty happy and surprised that he liked it so well, considering his main stick is a $6K bow, and I paid $280 for this one. Nothing fancy. A brazilwood Oct. with very nice fittings. Labeled as Scherl and Roth "Tourte". No telling where it's from. But it's straight and very comfortable, starts easily. The shop had three. All were straight and played pretty well. Their luthier was the one helping me. He was happy to offer them as they priced well and in his opinion, they played better, sounded better and were better made than the entry level pernambuco bows that cost more. His thought was that the overall quality of the bow was more important than the wood is was made from. Of course, pernambuco makes a better bow if it is of the appropriate grade and the maker has the skill, but isn't inherently better. His service was excellent. If I or my teacher didn't like it, he said just bring it back for a refund. You can't beat that. I know it should always be that way, but it isn't.