Based on 8 Reviews
Reviewed On: 06/08/2017
First and foremost shar's customer service is top notch. As for the bow it plays much better than my pernambuco bow at around the same price. It has a great tone and draws big sound without much effort. Nice and versatile, very pleased.
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Reviewed On: 12/28/2016
Shar Music will ship up to four bows on a home trial, similar to their home trial program for instruments. The price of round-trip shipping is reasonable and well worth the money. According to staff members at the Shar violin shop, most bow trials consist of four different bows of similar price. I think it would be a mistake to purchase a quality bow by simply comparing one bow sample from each of four different models. My two top-of-the-line Coda Bow viola bows were carefully matched to my 16 inch and 16.5 inch Karl Joseph Schneider Premier violas when I purchased them two years apart. These two violas and bows serve me well for different composers and musical time periods. When I ordered my recent carbon fiber violin bow trial, I tried out only four Presto Impulse bows. I skipped a trial of the Coda Bow Diamond GX entirely because of its higher price. The Presto Impulse violin bow that I chose from my trial compares very favorably to my years of experience with my two Coda Bow viola bows. The Shar staff did a great job of sending me four bows with no more than half a gram difference in weight. At first, the four bows felt nearly identical. Little by little, I began to notice subtle differences in the four bows. I never thought that one bow was "better" than the other three. Spicatto bowing and rich legato bow strokes were right on the money for all four bows. However, I gradually recognized differences in the ways the four bows could improve my personal bow handling. By the time I completed my bow trial, I could have another person set out the four tagged bows randomly on a table. I could easily identify each of the four bows by how it felt in my hand and by how each bow moved on the strings. Amazing! If you are purchasing this bow for a student who takes private violin lessons, it is an excellent idea to schedule your bow trial so the four bows can be evaluated during a private lesson. The violin teacher can try out the bows personally. The violin teacher can also provide valuable observations of how the four bows move in the student's hand and what differences in sound occur for each bow.
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Reviewed On: 04/18/2013
Using Sharmusic in-home trial, trying Coda Diamond GX, NX, Presto Impulse and 2 others. Performance of Impulse is head to head with GX: It is slightly heavier (60.1G) than GX, but its more agile than GX. Depending on which violin I use, either GX or Impulse can produce sweeter sound. Considering price difference I end up buying Presto Impulse ... Loving my Presto Impulse so far after 6 weeks of usage.
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Reviewed On: 08/08/2011
This past spring my wife and I got two bows on trail. A Presto Impulse and a Coda Diamond GX. The Presto was lighter so I favored the Coda to start, but have found when playing the Presto that it produces a clearer tone with none of the noise that I get from the Coda. Both are very good bows, but the Presto produces a richer tone on my Leister violin.
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Reviewed On: 06/06/2011
I already own two nice bows (a Hill and a Vuillaume), but I thought a carbon fiber bow would be good to use for teaching, performing outdoors, etc….once I started playing with the Presto Impulse, I found that it actually has all the qualities that I look for in a fine bow and it makes my violin sound fabulous. I haven’t played with my other bows since!
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Reviewed On: 08/13/2010
The Presto Impulse Carbon Fiber Bow is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. I have a case full of fine old French bows and what I have found is that more and more I started grabbing for my Presto Impulse. Now it is all I use. It is fine enough for classical playing, strong enough for heavy rock music, and tough enough for the percussive work that we incorporate into our show. The stick tends towards the stiff side, but not at the detriment to sensitivity. For me it's perfect. ~Adam DeGraff, violinist www.TheDuelingFiddlers.com
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Reviewed On: 09/18/2009
Im a violin performance major with a tight budget, but needed a good bow to get me through college, recitals, etc. Also considering that arms are very narrow I was searching for something on the lighter end that I could control well. After trying several upper end carbon fiber bows of different makes I just couldnt seem to find one that was a significant enough improvement on my current bow to actually buy it. Many produced too much surface noise or were hard to control. I finally resorted to an in-home bow trial with 2 Presto Impulse bows. After just 30 minutes of playing, I knew Id found it. The bow itself does seem considerably light, but for me, that was just what I was looking for! It produces a better sound on my instrument than my >3000 dollar bow. Thank you Shar!
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Reviewed On: 08/20/2009
I have tried this bow on my Simon Joszef violin through the trial program and it was a rather big disappointment. I thought the overall feel of this one was way too light and it seemed to take a lot of work to make a good sound.
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Asked On: 11/16/2020
Hi Nina, thanks for your question! These Impulse bows are between 57-58g.
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Asked On: 03/26/2018
This bow is not considered to have a heavy bow tip or frog. The best way to get a feel for this bow is through our in-home trial program. Please contact us at 1-866-742-7270 to setup your trial today!
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