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Presto® Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin Bow 4/4 Size

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PRESTO® Carbon Fiber Performance Series

PRESTO® Performance Series carbon fiber bows have gained a loyal following among players and teachers alike. Combining modern, strong, state-of-the-art materials with traditional handcraft, these bows are as impressive and beautiful to look at as they are to play. Agile handling, arrow-straight tracking and full tonal power are hallmarks of these fine bows. Decidedly stunning in appearance due to the open weave carbon cloth, these bows are far better suited for severe performance conditions than wood bows, including pernambuco. And, as the world's supply of expensive pernambuco wood disappears, PRESTO® Performance Series bows deliver more performance for your dollar than any fine bow on the market today. PRESTO® bows are only made with aerospace-grade fibers and resins. The engineering process guarantees longevity by eliminating "creep," a flaw in carbon-fiber manufacture that can warp a bow or diminish camber over time. All bows are thoroughly inspected, meaning only bows with the best craftsmanship are sent to our customers.

Silver mounted with Snakewood frog, open weave black carbon-fiber finish.


Presto® Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin Bow 4/4 Size

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11/19/2022 11:27 am

Presto Ovation bow

Beautiful bow. Plays very smoothly. Very lightweight and delivers a good sound. It's the perfect weight for my violin.

11/15/2022 1:41 pm

great bow

the presto ovation is a great bow for the price, it is very lightweight yet sturdy and produces a very smooth tone

4/12/2022 11:46:00 am

Amazing but not ideal

I’ve been using this bow for nearly two years. In that time, I’ve come to realize that the lack of weight is something that does make a difference in the tone. The bow struggles with making a sound on the string with light pressure, and doesn’t become powerful enough before the sound becomes crunchy and uneven with more pressure. A great buy for an intermediate student, but the quality levels out when it comes to advanced repertoire.

Ian Guadagnini
6/6/2020 5:42:00 pm

Absolutely Stunning!

This bow is just as beautiful to play as it is to look at. It is wonderfully balanced, easy to handle, and very precise in its sound. Perfect for anyone who is in the process of switching from intermediate to advanced in almost every way. For me, I do prefer weightier bows. They give me a sense of security. If you like bows that have a weight to them, then this is for you! The weight give a wide range of dynamics, allowing students to hold a steady sound while also switching dynamics. Iíve been playing violin for more than half of my life, this bow is by far the best bow I have ever gotten without a doubt. It is truly worth the investment.

6/28/2019 9:23:00 am

It's Great!!!

My friend had recommended the bow to me so I just bought the bow as something to use for my new violin. It became my favorite bow out of 3 other I own and it is well worth the price. I highly recommend this bow for intermediate advance players.

1/29/2019 12:23:00 pm

Has lasted me 10 years

I have had this bow for ten years and use it all day for teaching. Love it! Light weight but has a good tone. I even take it to gigs and use it with my nice violin. It competes with more expensive wood bows easily.

3/16/2018 1:32:00 am

Excellent Bow

A bow that is lightweight and sturdy and can compete with bows of a higher price. It delivers a rich sound. However, after a while of using the leather grip began to break off.

10/17/2017 6:18:00 am

long term amateur violinist / violist

I was looking into upgrading my Presto Ovation violin bow for a Fiddlerman Pro, and then a CodaBow GX. To my amazement, I prefer the Presto over the Coda GX (lacking in clarity), and the Fiddlerman Pro was far more expensive, but no better in sound. I returned the Fiddlerman Pro, and did not buy the Coda GX. The presto (both violin and viola versions) will remain my primary bows. I am not into bouncing bow technique that much, but look for tone above all else.

Richard Huizinga
5/25/2015 7:24:00 am

presto bow

I am still a student but the bow has helped me a lot in becomming better. I realy recomend this item. well balanced good price . great feel. and looks really nice as well

8/13/2014 10:56:00 pm

A well balanced bow .

The ovation bow do that the sound of my violin be a completely clear , it has a good or perfect weigh to someone need to improve your technique and it does that has a loud but manageable and pleasure. I use with a Carlo Lamberti Classic violin. It pairs perfectly with the violin, they both make a wonderful sound.

3/26/2014 12:26:00 pm

Excellect Intermediate Bow

I got four bows through the in-home trial program (two wooden and two carbon fiber) and my teacher and I tried them out before deciding on this one. I am an intermediate player that really enjoys making music and wanted a versatile bow that was light enough to do different techniques with (that's why I went with the carbon fiber - they are lighter than wood) and made a nice, rich sound. I definitely found that in the Presto Ovation!

3/5/2014 5:32:00 pm

Still happy a year later

I have had this bow for a year now, and I've been very pleased with it. It was a big improvement over the other bows I'd been using. This bow is responsive, light, and very well balanced for the price. My playing was markedly better within a few days of adjusting to the responsiveness of this bow. I don't think this would be good for a dead beginner. It is a good bow for a novice, advanced beginner, or intermediate.

3/10/2010 4:09:00 pm

Presto Ovation Carbon Fiber Violin & Viola Bow

I am an adult amateur string player. I own Presto Ovation carbon fiber bows for both violin and viola. I use the Presto Ovation bows as theater orchestra pit backups for my good bows. The Ovations are strong, well balanced and have excellent playability. Most importantly, they are much more durable than pernambuco bows. If you play in theater orchestra pits, or high school orchestra, it is tough to find this quality of performance and durability for this amount of money. It is my personal opinion that the Presto Ovation may well be the best bow to buy for a violin or viola student who is making the transition from a three-quarter size to a full size instrument. Students who are physically large enough for a full size instrument already have the fine motor skills to handle a high quality bow. Saddling those students with a lower quality bow is just going to slow down their bow-handling learning process! My recommendation would especially apply to life-long piano students who decide to take up the viola in the eighth or ninth grade, so they can play in high school and college orchestras. I know several adult violists who started out as pianists!