A few months back, I was on a serious hunt for a new bow. I tried several different bows ranging from $400 to $1200. I had as many as 10 bows on audition at one time, which was a little crazy for me. Among the bows I auditioned were two that were sent to me by Tom Owen, who is a bow maker from Coalgate, OK. Both of the bows he sent were very nice, yet slightly different. They also compared very favorably to the best of the other bows that I auditioned. I ended up buying a slightly used Tom Owen bow from a fellow TB'er, and it is by far the best of all the bows I auditioned and certainly my favorite. Very lovely with great feel and a warm tone. Everyone who has tried this bow has been very impressed. If you are looking for a new bow that is hand-made in the US for an amazingly affordable price, I'd highly recommend that you give Tom Owen bows your consideration. Please feel free to contact me via PM for more info on Tom Owen. Disclaimer: I have no connection whatsoever with Tom Owen. I just like his bows.