I just purchased an H Cirillo (factory, as I understand) bow from David Forbes in Gainesville and could not be happier with it. At 139 grams, it draws a much fuller sound out of my bass than my previous chinese bow. This bow exhibits a gorgeous purple stick of pernambuco with an elegantly shaped head. The fully lined frog is of average proportion with a well-finished look and feel. Most importantly, I sound much better than I ever have with my Chinese bow. At significantly less than $1,000, this is, in my opinion, the best bow for the money.