For the past two days I have had a Marco Raposo nickel mounted bow on trial. This is a fabulous stick. Having just sent back three Prochownik bows that I had on trial for about two weeks, I have to say that the Raposo beats them all hands down. The real difference between the bows is the bounce; the Raposo bounces very easily. also, the Raposo draws a much larger sound. Bonus, the Raposo is $400 dollars cheaper. If you're looking for a great bow in the $1000 dollar price range, check out this maker.