Based on 2 Reviews
Reviewed On: 05/10/2021
When comparing this bow to my Presto Ovation, I was failing to take into account the rosin used. Since the Impulse came with rosin already applied, I called Presto to find out what rosin they use. They said they apply Bernardel rosin in powder form, with a cloth, to all bows. All bows are pre-tested. (Shar stated they use their house brand of wood block rosin. But... Presto applied their own, as mentioned.) Then I cleaned the hairs of my Ovation of old rosin with alcohol wipes, allowed to dry, and then applied Bernardel rosin. The resulting tone was much closer to that of the Impulse. However, I tried both bows again today, without yet more rosin, and the Impulse again beat out the Ovation in tone. The hairs on the Ovation are not even in tension, when the hairs are loosened. Perhaps this was caused by my cleaning. The Impulse appears excellent in every regard... in hair installation, in finish, in appearance, in the "magic" of playing. I still prefer it over the Ovation.
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Reviewed On: 05/01/2021
When I asked Shar what bow I should go for in a carbon fiber line, they recommended the CodaBow Diamond GX bow. I tried one at a pro violin shop, and was dismayed. It looked well used, from many customers checking it out, but rejecting it. The tone was rich, but not sufficiently loud. The finish looked surprisingly dull for a bow that was at the very top of its line (until Coda came out with the Marquis). I bought a Fiddlershop Pro viola bow, but was so disappointed with it that I was relieved to send it back and get my money back. The strings hung loose on the untightened stick, the finish was dull and uneven, and the tone was no better than my Presto Ovation viola bow, which cost less than half the price. I then bought the Presto Impulse, which Shar had on sale. As soon as I saw it, I felt like I was in love. It is beautiful. The craftsmanship makes me feel like I am holding a very expensive French pernambuco bow. The color of the finish is indeed close to pernambuco, and the finish itself is exquisite. Upon first use, I found that it was already rosined and ready for use. Immediately... THE TONE. Better than the Fiddlershop pro, the CodaBow Diamond GX, and my Presto Ovation. (All models tested are for the viola. I play both violin and viola, and use a viola bow for both instruments, the viola bow giving better tone.) The Presto Impulse has a good level of loudness, and seems more lively. It wants to play. It wants to sing. It wants to perform. The weight is 69 grams. Within minutes, I was tearing up the shipping box. I am not sending this bow back. Note: All bows have variation from one bow to another, even though - in this case - they are carbon fiber. Perhaps you will have different results. I took the chance of simply ordering the bow, without trying out four at once, which is an option Shar gives.
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Asked On: 08/30/2019
Hello Sam! Most bows of a single model can vary slightly in weight by a gram or two. The best way to get the weight you're are looking for is to work with an Instrument & Bow Specialist. They would be able to recommend a bow that would suit your needs and let you specifics about the bow, like how it is weighted. You can fill out an In Home Trial form here to be assigned to a specialist, or you can call our Instrument & Bow Department at 866-742-7270.
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